Synopsis

Men and Parenting Pathways (MAPP) is a program of research that investigates men’s mental health and wellbeing and how it affects and is affected by family life. This includes how men prepare for and enter fatherhood; as well as how men fare when they elect to not have children or when they are unable to become fathers. 

Summary

Study name  The Men and Parenting Pathways (MAPP) Study 
Study abbreviation  MAPP
Current principal investigator/s  Dr Jacqui Macdonald
Current project manager  Dr Laura Di Manno
Cohort representative (study contact)  Dr Jacqui Macdonald
Postal address  School of Psychology, Deakin University, 221 Burwood Highway Burwood VIC 3125
Phone  +613 9244 3820 
Email  mapp@deakin.edu.au
Primary Institution  Deakin University
Collaborating Institution/s  Parent-Infant Research Institute, Austin Health; Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne; Family Action Centre, University of Newcastle
Major funding sources  Central Research Grant provided by Deakin University
Study website  mappresearch.org
Study focus  The MAPP study investigates men’s mental health and wellbeing and how it affects and is affected by family life. This includes how men prepare for and enter fatherhood; as well as how men fare when they elect to not have children or when they are unable to become fathers.
Sampling frame  5 years
Year commenced  2014
Commencement sample  666
Intergenerational?  NA 
Imaging  NA 
Linkage  NA 
Biosamples?  NA 
Ethics approvals or requirements?  Ethics approval has been provided by the Faulty of Health HEAG at Deakin University (low risk). Ethical approval details: Project ID: HEAG-H 192_2014; Project Title: Male psychological wellbeing during the peak age for first childbirth – The Men & Parenting Pathways (MAPP) Study  

Waves

Wave Year Age (mean, range) Eligible sample
1  2014 – 2017  28-32 years old  666
2  2016 – ongoing  29-33 years old  
3  2017 – ongoing   30-34 years old  
4  To be commenced (2018)   31-35 years old  
5  To be commenced (2019)   32-36 years old