Objective: To explore the impact of having a child born with CL/P from the father’s perspective.
Design: Individual qualitative telephone interviews.
Participants: Fifteen fathers of children born with CL/P were recruited throughout the UK via advertisements.
Results: Supported by a number of sub-themes, 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 family 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 child’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. https://doi.org/10.1597/13-035