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Becoming a father is an emotional roller coaster - an analysis of first-time fathers' blogs
Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Nursing Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting.
Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Nursing Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Örebro läns landsting.
Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Nursing Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Nursing Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
2014 (English)In: Journal of Clinical Nursing, ISSN 0962-1067, E-ISSN 1365-2702, Vol. 23, no 9-10, 1309-1317 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Aims and objectives. To identify and describe the process of fatherhood during the partner’s pregnancy among expectant,first-time fathers.Background. Pregnancy seems to be a demanding period for expectant fathers, and this period is a part of their transition tofatherhood. Blogs can be seen as personal diaries and offer an alternative method of collecting data as they are an arena forsharing experiences and narratives.

Design. An explorative qualitative design.Methods. Blogs from the Internet by eleven first-time fathers living in Sweden were included in the study. Qualitative contentanalysis was used for the analysis of the blogs.

Results. A theme emerged expressing the latent content of the text: ‘Becoming a father for the first time is an emotional rollercoaster where the role of the expectant father is not obvious’ and five different categories describing the manifest content: thepregnancy, a new life, to make the child real, preparations for the delivery and the arrival of the child, and a new role in life.

Conclusions. The metaphor ‘roller coaster’ indicates the tension between different feelings about the men’s future as fathers.They are searching for answers on how to be a good father. They feel excluded when they visit antenatal care centres andhave difficulties finding out how to support their partner. This is an existential period when they understand themselves asadults and also miss relatives who have died. During pregnancy, the men start to communicate with their child, and thisinteraction gives a sense of reality and creates hope and joy about being a father.Relevance to clinical practice. Staff involved in antenatal care can use the knowledge from this study when meeting withexpectant fathers. Perspectives expressed in blogs may enhance the professionals’ understanding that the transition processof fatherhood is complex.

Key words: blogs, first-time fathers, pregnancy, qualitative content analysis, qualitative study, reproductive health, sexuality,transition

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Wiley-Blackwell, 2014. Vol. 23, no 9-10, 1309-1317 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-106915DOI: 10.1111/jocn.12355ISI: 000334178300016OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-106915DiVA: diva2:719545
Available from: 2014-05-26 Created: 2014-05-26 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved

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