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'It's just good to get a bit of man-talk out in the open': men's experiences of father-only antenatal preparation classes in Tasmania, Australia

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Nash, MB, 'It's just good to get a bit of man-talk out in the open': men's experiences of father-only antenatal preparation classes in Tasmania, Australia, Psychology of Men & Masculinity, 19, (2) pp. 298-307. ISSN 1524-9220 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1037/men0000102

Abstract

Fathers play a significant role in shaping family life. Yet Australian menís transitions to fatherhood have been neglected in research and in antenatal support/education programs. Drawing on contemporary theories of masculinity, this article explores how a cohort of 25 first-time fathers in Tasmania, Australia, experienced 2 different father-only antenatal support/education groups. In particular, I was interested in how men negotiate masculinity and "involved fatherhood" in the context of these groups. I argue that the settings in which Tasmanian men are invited to prepare for fatherhood can be experienced in contradictory ways (e.g., pubs vs. hospitals or community centers). Strategies to better support men in the transition to fatherhood are offered in the concluding discussion.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:antenatal education, childbirth, fatherhood, masculinities, pregnancy
Research Division:Studies in Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Social Change
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health)
Objective Field:Men's Health
Author:Nash, MB (Dr Meredith Nash)
ID Code:114543
Year Published:2018 (online first 2017)
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2017-02-17
Last Modified:2018-08-27
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