Men's Transition to Parenthood
Men and women enter the transition to parenthood as a couple. However, they have arrived at this point via different pathways, that is, through their childhood and their own experience of being parented from which they /have learned that there are 'rules' that state how men and women should behave (male and female stereotypes) (Cowan et al., 1985).
As a means of furthering the study of men's transition to parenthood, and exploring their experiences, in 1995, Donovan, a nursing lecturer at The Flinders University of South Australia, and Ramsay, a well-known medical practitioner from South Australia, held antenatal experiential sessions with a group of six men and Donovan, alone, held individual interviews with the men post natally. Up until that time, little was known about the social and emotional experiences of men during their first pregnancy with their partner.
- The theory
- The process
- Relationship of the theoretical schema to existing literature
- Ambivalence in the early stages of pregnancy
- Relationship with baby unreal
- How should 1 be as a father during pregnancy?
- Coping with changing roles and lifestyle
- Relationship disequilibrium with female partner
- The model