‘Working Out Dads’ to promote men’s mental and physical health in early fatherhood: A mixed-methods evaluation

Rebecca Giallo, Le Ann Williams, Monique Seymour, Chris Jillard, Ryan Peace, Jacquie O’Brien, Kirsty Evans, Stephanie Brown, Catherine Wood

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Abstract

Mental and physical health problems are common during early fatherhood. The current study aimed to assess a broad range of mental, physical and social outcomes for fathers of young children (aged 0–4 years) participating in a pilot evaluation of ‘Working Out Dads’ (WOD). These results were complemented by a nested qualitative study capturing the perceived outcomes for fathers. The sample consisted of 53 fathers who completed pre-, post- and 3-month follow-up measures. There were significant reductions in psychological distress, depression, anxiety and stress from pre- to post-intervention, which were maintained at 3-month follow-up. There were significant improvements in perceived vitality levels across all time points, and improvements in general physical health, social support and parenting self-efficacy from pre- to the 3-month follow-up. The nested qualitative results revealed that fathers and their partners perceived positive changes to paternal health, social support, parenting and the couple relationship. These findings contribute to the evidence-base for interventions targeting fathers’ health in the early years of their children's lives. The current findings will be used to inform further development of WOD.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Family Studies
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Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020

Keywords

  • Father
  • intervention
  • mental health
  • physical health
  • social outcomes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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