Strengthening Parenting Partnerships
Beyond Blue is investing in an action research project which uses a digital intervention to strengthen parenting partnerships in the perinatal period and improves mental health outcomes for couples.
A major protective factor for mental health during the perinatal period is a mutually supportive partner relationship. An evidence base is emerging around the benefits of specifically targeting the ‘co-parenting’ aspect of a couple’s relationship in order to improve coping and support mental health.
Parenting partnerships (or co-parenting) are about how parents work together to meet the needs of their children. It includes how partners negotiate parenting roles and responsibilities, as well as the extent to which partners engage in supportive behaviours that affirm the contribution of the other.
In particular, this project will investigate how digital interventions can overcome the barriers to engaging fathers in face-to-face programs, and how fathers’ parenting self-efficacy can be improved by the intervention.