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The Relationship Between Paternal Postpartum Depression and Psychosocial Variables: A longitudinal Study in Iran


Objective: This study aimed to investigate and identify the psychosocial factors that are associated with paternal postpartum depression.
Materials and methods: A longitudinal correlation study with 150 fathers was performed with three time frames (late pregnancy, postpartum, and four weeks postpartum). The Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale assessed those with depression (38.7%; n=58) and those without depressive symptoms (61.3%; n=92). Psychological variables related to paternal depression were also assessed through questionnaires.
Results: Psychological variables such as marital adjustment and stress had a significant relationship with paternal depression. In addition, depressed fathers experienced less marital compatibility and more tension than non-depressed fathers.
Conclusion: These findings emphasize the importance of considering the psychosocial variables that affect paternal psychological health. Mental health professionals may be able to reduce mental disorders, stress, psychological distress, and marital maladjustment in fathers with appropriate psychological interventions.

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DOI https://doi.org/10.18502/jfrh.v16i4.11358
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Shariat M, Abedinia N, Charousaei H, Fatahi F. The Relationship Between Paternal Postpartum Depression and Psychosocial Variables: A longitudinal Study in Iran. J Family Reprod Health. 2022;16(4):272-281.