Paternal postnatal depression: an overview for primary healthcare professionals
Intended for healthcare professionals
Evidence & Practice Previous     Next

Paternal postnatal depression: an overview for primary healthcare professionals

Lloyd Frank Philpott Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University College Cork, Ireland

Over the past three decades, there has been growing awareness and concern about the burden of ill-health experienced by men. Research has shown that fatherhood has a protective effect on men’s health but the transition to fatherhood can be complex and demanding, and may cause distress, anxiety and increased risk of depression. This article discusses paternal postnatal depression (PPND), which is a significant public health issue but is not widely acknowledged or well researched. As a result, men are under-screened, under-diagnosed and under-treated for PPND and other postnatal mental health problems, causing detrimental effects on a father’s health and numerous potential negative effects on the health and wellbeing of the mother and child.

Primary Health Care. 26, 6, 23-27. doi: 10.7748/phc.2016.e1120


Peer review

This article has been subject to double-blind review and has been checked using antiplagiarism software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 29 January 2016

Accepted: 12 April 2016

Want to read more?

Already have access? Log in


3-month trial offer for £5.25/month

Subscribe today and save 50% on your first three months
RCNi Plus users have full access to the following benefits:
  • Unlimited access to all 10 RCNi Journals
  • RCNi Learning featuring over 175 modules to easily earn CPD time
  • NMC-compliant RCNi Revalidation Portfolio to stay on track with your progress
  • Personalised newsletters tailored to your interests
  • A customisable dashboard with over 200 topics

Alternatively, you can purchase access to this article for the next seven days. Buy now

Are you a student? Our student subscription has content especially for you.
Find out more