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A Systematic Review of the Effective Factors in Father’s Adaptation

Negin Jazayerinezhad 1 , Zahra Bostani Khalesi 2 , * and Maryam Niknami 1
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1 Midwifery, Social Determinants of Health Research Center (SDHRC), School of Nursing and Midwifery, Guilan University of Medical Sciences, Rasht, Iran
2 Reproductive Health, Social Determinants of Health Research Center (SDHRC), School of Nursing and Midwifery, Guilan University of Medical Sciences, Rasht, Iran
Article information
  • Shiraz E-Medical Journal: April 2018, 19 (4); e64378
  • Published Online: March 11, 2018
  • Article Type: Review Article
  • Received: November 24, 2017
  • Revised: January 28, 2018
  • Accepted: February 10, 2018
  • DOI: 10.5812/semj.64378

To Cite: Jazayerinezhad N, Bostani Khalesi Z, Niknami M. A Systematic Review of the Effective Factors in Father’s Adaptation, Shiraz E-Med J. 2018 ; 19(4):e64378. doi: 10.5812/semj.64378.

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1. Background
2. Methods
3. Results
4. Discussion
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