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Qom Univ Med Sci J 2016, 10(6): 60-67 Back to browse issues page
Evaluation of Fathers' Anxiety Level in the First 8 Weeks after Mothers' Delivery
Azam Maleki *1, Taraneh Emamgoli Khooshehchin2, Soghrat Faghihzadeh3, Koorosh Kamali
1- 1Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery, Zanjan University of Medical Sciences, Zanjan, Iran , malekia@zums.ac.ir
2- 1Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery, Zanjan University of Medical Sciences, Zanjan, Iran
3- Faculty of Medicine, Zanjan University of Medical Sciences, Zanjan, Iran
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Background and Objectives: Pregnancy and transition to parenthood lead to major psychological and social changes in women and men. This study was conducted with the purpose of determining the fathers' anxiety level in the first 8 weeks after mothers' delivery.

Methods: In a descriptive cross-sectional study with stratified random sampling method, the anxiety level was evaluated in 403 fathers. The data collection tools were demographic characteristics questionnaire and standard State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI-S) with cutoff of 45, which were completed after obtaining a written informed consent from each participant. Data were analyzed using Chi-square test and logistic regression model at 95% level of confidence.

Results: The mean state and trait anxiety scores of fathers' were 34.04±9.24 and 34.57±9.80, respectively. Approximately 14% of the fathers had state and 15% had trait anxiety. There was a significant relationship between state anxiety of fathers and their income, and between trait anxiety and age, occupation, and having insurance. Fathers' anxiety level decreased with increasing age. the odds of having trait anxiety was higher in men with low education and no insurance.

Conclusion: Considering the increasing level of fathers’ anxiety after mothers' delivery compared to the general population and its relationship with individual and social factors, it seems necessary to improve social supports, especially for young men.

Keywords: Anxiety, Postpartum period, Adaptation, Psychological, Fathers, Iran.
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Received: 2016/08/15 | Accepted: 2016/08/15 | Published: 2016/08/15
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Maleki A, Emamgoli Khooshehchin T, Faghihzadeh S, Kamali K. Evaluation of Fathers' Anxiety Level in the First 8 Weeks after Mothers' Delivery. Qom Univ Med Sci J . 2016; 10 (6) :60-67
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