Transition to parenthood is a difficult task that involves major life changes. These changes can increase vulnerability to parenting stress and mental health problems for mothers and fathers. A stressful family environment may contribute to psychological distress, anxiety, and depression. This damage to parents’ mental health may also have short or long term negative impacts on children and families.
This research seeks to enable parental stress resilience training with Virtual Reality (VR). It aims to enhance coping skills of parents to meet the everyday parental stress and emotional challenges that arise in a home environment after having a new-born child.
Findings from this research will expand the possibilities and benefits of VR for mental health services to enhance and empower the mental well-being of parents.