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Parenting a child with a cleft: The father's perspective

Stock, Nicola Marie; Rumsey, Nichola


Nicola Stock
Occasional Associate Lecturer - HAS - HSS


Objective: To explore the impact of having a child born with a cleft lip and/or palate from the father's perspective. Design: Individual qualitative telephone interviews. Participants: A total of 15 fathers of children born with cleft lip and/or palate were recruited throughout the U.K. via advertisements. Results: Supported by a number of subthemes, four overarching themes were identified: variations in care and support; appraisals of the cleft; perceptions of treatment; and looking back and moving forward. Conclusions: Fathers reported experiences comparable to those previously reported by mothers, in addition to a number of further support and information needs. Participants played a key role in supporting their families through the treatment process, yet fathers are underrepresented in the research literature. Recommendations are made for the adequate inclusion of fathers in future research and in relation to methods of support for fathers through their children's diagnosis and treatment.


Stock, N. M., & Rumsey, N. (2015). Parenting a child with a cleft: The father's perspective. Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal, 52(1), 31-43.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2015
Journal Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal
Print ISSN 1055-6656
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 52
Issue 1
Pages 31-43
Keywords cleft, parent, psychosocial, support, treatment, visible difference
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Additional Information Additional Information : © 2015. Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications


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