IMR Press / JOMH / Volume 18 / Issue 11 / DOI: 10.31083/j.jomh1811217
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Paternal Mental Health and Parenting in the COVID-19 Pandemic Era
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1 College of Nursing, Graduate School, Yonsei University, 03722 Seoul, Republic of Korea
2 College of Nursing, CHA University, Pocheon -si, 11160 Gyeongghi-do, Republic of Korea
*Correspondence: (Soyoung Yu)
J. Mens. Health 2022, 18(11), 217;
Submitted: 23 May 2022 | Revised: 30 July 2022 | Accepted: 5 August 2022 | Published: 22 November 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Selected Papers in Men's Health)
Copyright: © 2022 The Author(s). Published by IMR Press.
This is an open access article under the CC BY 4.0 license.

The COVID-19 pandemic has negatively affected the family economy by threatening job security, which has been acting as a source of stress for fathers. Social distancing has increased father-child interaction time and the burden of parenting. The parenting stress levels of fathers increased, and mental health problems such as depression and anxiety were induced. This was reported to be more serious in vulnerable groups, according to the race or socioeconomic status of the fathers. Fathers’ mental health problems in the context of COVID-19 affect father-child relationships and children’s adjustment in the long term. Healthcare professionals must develop community-based intervention programs to screen fathers’ risk factors and educate them on mental health issues, while considering the changing roles and mental health of fathers during the pandemic. Before another epidemic breaks out.

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