chapter  1
The importance of good perinatal mental health
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Traditional fathers who were dissatisfied with their marriage were susceptible to paternal anxiety and depression in late pregnancy and at six weeks post postnatally. Studies in rural Vietnam found that although domestic violence is a crime, young women were still subjected to it and, as in the United Kingdom; it is associated with an increased risk of ante and postnatal common mental health disorders. Some studies have highlighted the impact it may have and in Hong Kong, found that the role of the father coupled with traditionalism-modernity could moderate the relationship between marital dissatisfaction and paternal anxiety and depression. Group confidentiality must be ensured before meeting, as this will provide fathers with the confidence to open up their true feelings. The group should be aware of their safety risks as there may be more underlying issues than just perinatal mental health in the family and it must be reinforced that the support people are giving is for their mental well-being.