Connecting masculinity and depression among international male university students

Oliffe, John L., Robertson, Steve, Kelly, Mary T., Roy, Philippe and Ogrodniczuk, John S. (2010) Connecting masculinity and depression among international male university students. Qualitative Health Research, 20 7: 987-998. doi:10.1177/1049732310365700

Author Oliffe, John L.
Robertson, Steve
Kelly, Mary T.
Roy, Philippe
Ogrodniczuk, John S.
Title Connecting masculinity and depression among international male university students
Journal name Qualitative Health Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1049-7323
Publication date 2010-07
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1049732310365700
Open Access Status
Volume 20
Issue 7
Start page 987
End page 998
Total pages 12
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA, United States
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Abstract International university students can experience isolation amid academic pressures. Such circumstances can manifest as or exacerbate depression. This qualitative study involved 15 international male students at a Canadian university who were diagnosed or self-identified as having depression. Individual interviews revealed men’s perspectives about causes, implications, and management of depression. Participants intertwined sex- and gender-based factors in detailing causes, and emphasized the potential for parents to impact depression. Implications of depression for embodying traditional masculine roles of breadwinner and career man influenced many men to filter details about their illness within “home” cultures. This practice often prevailed within Canada despite the men’s perceptions that greater societal acceptance existed. Masculine ideals underpinned self-management strategies to fight depression and regain control. Counter to men’s reluctance to disclose illness details were participants’ self-management preference for peer-based support. Study findings highlight how masculine ideals and cultural constructs can influence depression experiences and expressions.
Keyword Culture
Men’s health
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work Publications
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