Author(s)

Robert GrandFollow

Date

9-2015

Department

School of Education

Degree

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Chair

Cristie McClendon

Keywords

Anxiety, Coping, Expectant, Fatherhood, Fears, Prenatal

Disciplines

Curriculum and Social Inquiry | Education | Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Educational Methods | Educational Psychology

Abstract

This qualitative, collective case study explored how men perceive fears of childbirth and level of preparedness to become fathers. An additional purpose of this study was to explore the perceptions of expectant and new fathers with regard to how the Boot Camp for New Dads (BCND) program helped them to alleviate pregnancy fears and develop preparedness to become a parent. Data collection consisted of semi-structured interviews and focus groups conducted after the participants completed a three-hour boot camp for the BCND program. Additionally, participants completed the Kessler-6, a short questionnaire designed to glean their perspectives of fears after the childbirth. The data analysis revealed five major themes. Four of the themes were in regard to expectant father pregnancy fears, and the other theme was related to expectant fathers’ perceptions of how the BCND program helped them cope with fears. After coding and categorical aggregation were completed, the following three pregnancy fear themes were made clear: Am I prepared for fatherhood?, Will mom and baby be in good health?, I am not alone Will I ever get my wife back? The perceived value of the Boot Camp for New Dads program could be summarized by the following theme: If the veteran fathers can do it, so can I.