New dads wanted for research survey

Have you just become a father for the first time? Researchers at the University of Newcastle’s FIND Lab (Family Interaction and Neurodevelopmental Disorders) are trying to find out more about how new dads feel and what they think.

FIND Lab’s research acknowledges the importance of family and social support in promoting health and well-being in vulnerable children and young people. Research focuses on young people with neurodevelopmental disorders, as well as investigating the mental health of parents and the impact of mental health issues on child development.

FIND Lab is currently seeking new fathers to participate in an online survey on ‘Negative Thinking Patterns and Themes among New Fathers’. Researchers are interested in knowing more about the thoughts and experiences of the modern father, particularly the negative thought experiences, which may be representative of a healthy adaptation to fathering. Understanding the distinction between negative thoughts and concerns consistent with a healthy transition to fatherhood and those indicative of more serious mental health issues such as paternal depression are paramount in understanding, and adapting services to meet, the needs of the contemporary father.

If you are a first-time dad of an infant aged between one and twelve months, with no current mental health concerns, and can spare 30 minutes to complete an on-line survey, you are invited to participate.

Survey participants will go in the draw to win a $100 Bunnings voucher.

To participate in the survey, click here.

FIND Lab is sponsored by the Hunter Medical Research Institute, Tour des Femmes, the Schizophrenia Research Institute and the University of Newcastle’s Priority Research Centre for Translational Neuroscience and Mental Health.

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