Masculinities and college men's depression: recursive relationships

Oliffe, John L., Kelly, Mary T., Johnson, Joy L., Bottorff, Joan L., Gray, Ross E., Ogrodniczuk, John S. and Galdas, Paul M. (2010) Masculinities and college men's depression: recursive relationships. Health Sociology Review, 19 4: 465-477. doi:10.5172/hesr.2010.19.4.465

Author Oliffe, John L.
Kelly, Mary T.
Johnson, Joy L.
Bottorff, Joan L.
Gray, Ross E.
Ogrodniczuk, John S.
Galdas, Paul M.
Title Masculinities and college men's depression: recursive relationships
Journal name Health Sociology Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1446-1242
Publication date 2010-10
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.5172/hesr.2010.19.4.465
Open Access Status
Volume 19
Issue 4
Start page 465
End page 477
Total pages 13
Place of publication Maleny, QLD, Australia
Publisher eContent Management
Language eng
Abstract Depression is a significant problem among college men. This qualitative study examines the interplay between masculinities and depression among Canadian-based college men who self-identified or were formally diagnosed with depression. The resulting three themes – mind matters, stalled intimacy and lethargic discontent – reveal the recursive relationships between masculinities and depression whereby depression quashed men's aspirations for embodying masculine ideals, with depression potentially triggered by self-doubt and concerns about harbouring a faulty masculinity. Key findings include participants' juxtaposing their private negative self-talk with attempts to pass as self-assured in public; anxieties about neediness and vulnerability negating their efforts to initiate or maintain an intimate relationship; and ruptured ideologies about a mind–body dualism whereby severe depression negatively impacted physical wellbeing.
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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