Lee, E.J. (2009) Pathologising fatherhood: the case of male Post Natal Depression in Britain. In: Gough, Brendan and Robertson, Steve, eds. Men, Masculinities and Health: critical perspectives. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, pp. 161-177. ISBN 9780230203129 .
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This chapter discusses the emergence of male Post Natal Depression (PND) as a health concern in Britain. Up to the early 1990s, PND was represented as an exclusively female condition. Some however – including medical professionals, academics and media commentators - now take a different view. PND, they suggest, can affect men and some argue almost as many men as women are affected. We offer here a sociological perspective on this development. First, we draw on work about the process of medicalization. Second, we consider social constructionist accounts of ‘the problem of fatherhood’. Third, we situate male PND in relation to analysis of ‘masculinity’ and its pathologisation. In conclusion, we suggest that a central aspect of the emergence of male PND is the validation of need for professional intervention in childrearing.
|Item Type:||Book section|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
|Divisions:||Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research|
|Depositing User:||Ellie Lee|
|Date Deposited:||09 Aug 2010 16:23|
|Last Modified:||18 Jan 2012 14:09|
|Resource URI:||http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/25242 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)|
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