College men's depression-related help-seeking: a gender analysis

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  • May O T Tang
  • John L Oliffe
  • Paul M Galdas
  • Alison Phinney
  • Christina S Han

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JournalJournal of mental health
DateAccepted/In press - 19 Mar 2014
DateE-pub ahead of print - 30 Apr 2014
DatePublished (current) - 2014
Issue number5
Volume23
Pages (from-to) 219-224
Early online date30/04/14
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Abstract Background: Men's health help-seeking behaviours vary considerably depending on the context. The current empirical literature on the influence of masculinity on college men's attitudes towards mental health-related help-seeking is largely limited to investigations involving psychology students. Aim: To describe the connections between masculinities and college men's depression-related help-seeking. Methods: Qualitative interviews with 21 college men who were diagnosed or self-identified as depressed. Constant comparison was used to inductively derive gendered understandings about participants' depression-related help-seeking. Results: Three themes were identified: (1) denying weakness; (2) limiting self-disclosure and mustering autonomy; and (3) redefining strength. Conclusion: The findings demonstrate connections between masculinities and help-seeking that can assist health care providers to understand the practices of college men who experience depression.

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