HNSE-P6-3. The Experience of Postpartum Depression in African-American Fathers

Darlyn Magaña1
Lawrence Jackson, Ph.D.2
Faculty Mentor: Brandon Eddy, Ph.D.2
1College of Liberal Arts, Department of Psychology
2Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine, Couple and Family Therapy Program

There have been more studies that have been conducted to learn about postpartum not only in mothers, but there have also been studies on postpartum in fathers. While little is known about PPD in men, even less is known about how African American fathers experience PPD and other mental health issues. Therefore this area of study is crucial especially as there haven’t been any studies focused on this population in PPD. In order for the stigma of postpartum depression in fathers to be normalized, there needs to be necessary education, prevention, screenings, and treatment for fathers especially those in racial groups that are underrepresented. Under the direction of Dr. Brandon Eddy and Dr. Lawrence Jackson, we seek to learn about the experience of postpartum depression in African American fathers. Using semi-structured virtual interviews, we are currently in the process of collecting data from the experiences of fathers by using purposive sampling and snowball sampling. After transcribing the interviews from the participants, coding will occur to find themes within the interviews.

This research was funded by UNLV’s TRIO McNair Scholars Institute, which is housed within UNLV’s Center for Academic Enrichment and Outreach and funded under the TRIO Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program by a grant (P217A170069) from the U.S. Department of Education. 


Nov 15 - 19 2021


All Day


HNSE: Poster Session 6
The Office of Undergraduate Research


The Office of Undergraduate Research


5 Replies to “HNSE-P6-3. The Experience of Postpartum Depression in African-American Fathers”

  1. Darlyn,
    Thank you for your presentation, it was great! Being that the study is still in the advertisement phase I’m sure there will be interesting findings in the near future and I look forward to learning more about PPD in African American fathers.

  2. Darlyn,

    This is such an important topic that no one has looked at yet. I am eager to hear about your results. Our society needs more research like this!


  3. Hi everyone! I hope you are all doing well! Thank you so much for checking out our research about the experience of postpartum depression in African American males. Feel free to leave a comment or question about the research that we are conducting. Lastly, we are currently seeking participants for this research study. If you know anyone who would be interested in this study or learning more about it, please share our website link with them where our contact information is listed at the bottom!

  4. Darlyn,
    You are a great presenter. You spoke very clearly and at a good speed. Until your presentation, I never thought of men suffering from postpartum depression. I have only thought of women having postpartum and had no idea the margin of men and women having it to be so small as a 5% difference. It would be interesting to know the percent of postpartum depression differences between men of all different races. The discrimination that African American men face in their lives can surely be a huge factor in their concerns for how to raise their children. I could see how that would create stress and anxiety for them. It is known that men do not show their emotions as often as women so it does make since they would be suffering in silence. I think your research is a great start to really understanding postpartum in men.

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