The transition to fatherhood–evaluation of an online intervention for new fathers

Avigdor Kaner, Julie Cwikel, Dorit Segal-Engelchin

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This mixed-methods study explores an innovative online group intervention for new fathers. The specific aims were to investigate attendance rates, fathers’ participation experiences, and the effects on their psychological well-being and marital quality. The research design included a randomized controlled trial with 122 participants split into intervention (n = 62) and comparison groups (n = 60). The study measured post-partum depression symptoms (PPD) using the Edinburgh Post-Natal Depression Scale (EPDS) and spousal relationship quality using the Israeli Marital Quality Scale (IMQS). Qualitative data were collected through session transcripts and feedback questionnaires that were completed two years post- intervention. Results reveal an 86.47% average attendance rate in the intervention groups and positive outcomes at both individual and spousal levels. Participants reported feeling a sense of normalcy, decreased loneliness, increased awareness of fatherhood transition, and becoming active co-parents. Marital quality also showed better results for the intervention group. Further research is recommended to explore online group interventions among additional groups of post-partum fathers.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1011-1019
Number of pages9
JournalPsychology, Health and Medicine
Issue number5
StatePublished - 21 Sep 2023


  • New fathers
  • marital quality
  • online group interventions
  • post-partum depression symptoms
  • transition to fatherhood

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology


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