The importance of maternal mental health is well known. Psychological distress in mothers can have negative outcomes for the individual, her infant and the family. In Australia, a broad range of services including universal screening and healthcare supports the needs of women during the critical transition to motherhood. This is great for our mums but ‘what about new dads?’

New fathers also experience distress during the transition to parenthood and poor paternal mental health can negatively influence a father and his partner's adjustment to, and experience of, parenthood. Paternal mental health and wellbeing is also associated with cognitive, emotional, social and behavioural development trajectories in infants. In short, dads matter!  

This study will explore the psychological experiences of new fathers with an infant 13 months or less. More specifically, an investigation of the negative thoughts that may, or may not, relate to challenges and concerns experienced during the transition to fatherhood; and how these thoughts influence a father's relationship with his new baby.

This study is being conducted by Dr Richard Fletcher, Dr Linda Campbell, Dr Jennifer StGeorge, and Ms Jaime Wroe from the University of Newcastle.

Who can participate?

All new fathers can participate in the study, if:

  • You have access to the internet via a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or computer
  • You have a typically developing infant aged 1  to 13 months

What would you be asked to do?

Participants are asked to complete an online survey that will take approximately 15 minutes.

Click here to download the Participant Information Statement

If you have any queries, please contact Jaime Wroe - Jaime.Wroe@newcastle.edu.au