Comparison of Demographic Data between Fathers with and without Paternal Postpartum Depression, Especially during the Covid-19 Pandemic
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Publisher:The Ohio State University
Series/Report no.:The Ohio State University. College of Social Work Honors Theses; 2021
In recent years, more and more attention has been paid to paternal postpartum depression (PPD). In order to better understand paternal PPD, this study was to determine whether there were statistically significant differences in participants' demographics and responses to COVID- 19 related questions between fathers with and without PPD, and also explored the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on paternal PPD. This study was a quantitative survey study and used SPSS conducting chi-square tests and frequency analysis to get results. It recruited participants and distributed survey through Amazon Mechanical Turk. Findings of the study showed that there were statistically significant differences between PPD father group and non-PPD father group among 1) participant's age 2) participant's sexual orientation; 3) whether participants have been employed full-time; 4) participant's ability to pay rent; 5) whether participant's partner has been diagnosed with PPD; 6) whether participant's relationship with their partner has been changed because of the birth of their infant. As for factors related to COVID-19 pandemic, statistically significant differences between two group were found among 1) participant's COVID-19 test results 2) whether participants have been hospitalized for COVID-19; 3) whether participants have been self-isolated for COVID-19; 4) whether participant's relationship with their partner has been changed because of COVID-19; 5) how participants thought COVID-19 impact their mental health. Most of the participants (n=205) thought that COVID-19 pandemic negatively impacted their financial ability, social life, ability to seek help, and mental health. However, 52.19% of the participants thought that COVID-19 positively influenced their experience of being a father.
This thesis won the third place in Ohio State's 26th Annual Denman Undergraduate Research Forum in the category of Neuroscience and Behavioral Health
Academic Major: Social Work
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