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

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Published copy (DOI)


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


Publication details

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


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.

Discover related content

Find related publications, people, projects, datasets and more using interactive charts.

View graph of relations