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A longitudinal ethnographic study of men's experiences of pregnany, birth and early fatherhood

Draper, Janet (1999). A longitudinal ethnographic study of men's experiences of pregnany, birth and early fatherhood. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 16(4) p. 226.

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A mixture of first time and experienced fathers (n = 18) were interviewed, using a semi-structured approach, on three occasions; in the second trimester and third trimesters and within the first 6 weeks of birth. Convenience and snowball sampling were used. Data were analysed using conventional thematic approaches to qualitative data analysis. Data were initially sorted into vertical themes under pregnancy (e.g. confirmation, announcement, reality of the baby), birth (e.g. expectations, control, knowledge) and early days (e.g. coming home, practical fathering, becoming a family). Subsequent analysis identified themes running horizontally across all three phases, for example the relationship with the partner and the baby. The data are presented within the theoretical framework of Rites of Passage.

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 0264-6838
Extra Information: Abstracts of papers presented at the 18th annual conference of the society for reproductive and infant psychology held at University of Edinburgh 8-10 September 1998
Keywords: Fatherhood; ethnography; transitions;
Academic Unit/Department: Health and Social Care > Nursing
Health and Social Care
Item ID: 12055
Depositing User: Janet Draper
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2008 05:44
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2016 17:17
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