Faux masculinities among college men who experience depression

Oliffe, John L., Galdas, Paul, Han, Christina S. E. and Kelly, Mary T. (2013) Faux masculinities among college men who experience depression. Health, 17 1: 75-92. doi:10.1177/1363459312447256

Author Oliffe, John L.
Galdas, Paul
Han, Christina S. E.
Kelly, Mary T.
Title Faux masculinities among college men who experience depression
Journal name Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1363-4593
Publication date 2013-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1363459312447256
Open Access Status
Volume 17
Issue 1
Start page 75
End page 92
Total pages 18
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage
Language eng
Abstract Depression is a significant problem among college men that can be complicated by masculine ideals of stoicism, reluctance to seek help, and risky self-management strategies. Underpinning these issues are complexities in recognizing what behaviors might be indicative of college men's depressive symptoms. Findings drawn from a qualitative study of 25 Canadian-based college men who self-identified or were diagnosed with depression revealed three predominant masculine identities: the angry man; the solitary man; and the risk-reliant man. Within each of these themes men embodied aspects of idealized masculinity that were difficult to distinguish as symptoms of depression or as representative of the activities with which many college men partake. The angry man identity described men who expressed anger, at least in part, to dissipate depression invoked pain and emotional distress. The solitary man category included men who self-isolated, fearing that others would recognize and judge them as harboring depression. Risk-reliant men employed strategies including alcohol and other drug overuse rather than relinquish control by engaging with professional health care providers and services. Guided by the overall findings we argue this phenomenon as 'faux masculinities' - characterized by men's engagement in practices consistent with idealized masculine identities but that emerge from and/or in response to the experience of depression. Faux masculinities are discussed within the context of the challenges posed for college men and their health care providers in pointing toward targeted depression interventions.
Keyword Aggression
College men's health
Men's health
Risk taking
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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