Changing roles & expectations for Dads

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Changing roles for fathers and our expectations for fathers may be related to post-partum depression in dads. The fact is we're expecting dads to be much more involved in parenting than ever before. And that's a great thing. And 9 out of 10 fathers say that being a father is an important part of who they are. But over half of fathers also say they feel unprepared to become a father. That's not surprising. The fact is most men today had fathers who had a completely hands-off approach to parenting. So fathers today don't really have models for what an involved father looks like. So that can leave fathers really uncertain about what they're supposed to do as a dad. Well that uncertainty can very quickly lead to anxiety. And anxiety post-partum often leads to depression.

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Will Courtenay, PhD

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Dr. Will Courtenay, “The Men’s Doc,” is an internationally recognized expert in helping boys, men and fathers, and a psychotherapist, consultant, distinguished author, researcher, keynote speaker, radio host, and consultant to and speaker at schools and universities. His new book is titled Dying To Be Men. The American Psychological Association calls him, “a leading psychologist in the field of masculinity” and Who’s Who in America calls him a “foremost achiever in his field.” As one of the world’s leading innovators in the health of boys and men, he has a documented history of success in shaping and promoting this new field, as well as new perspectives on fatherhood, boyhood, and masculinity. Dr. Courtenay received his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley and has served on the clinical faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and the University of California, San Francisco, Medical School. He is the Founding Editor of the International Journal of Men's Health. Dr. Courtenay is a powerful, effective voice about boys and men, heard nationally on radio and television – including CNN, Good Morning America, World News, Fox News, ABC News, NBC News – and seen in print – including NY Times, LA Times, Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report, NPR, Newsweek, USA Today, and Chicago Tribune. Dr. Courtenay is a contributor to Esquire Magazine.

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