College men’s depression-related help-seeking: Aa gender analysis

Tang, May O.T., Oliffe, John L., Galdas, Paul M., Phinney, Alison and Han, Christina S (2014) College men’s depression-related help-seeking: Aa gender analysis. Journal of Mental Health, 23 5: 219-224. doi:10.3109/09638237.2014.910639

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Author Tang, May O.T.
Oliffe, John L.
Galdas, Paul M.
Phinney, Alison
Han, Christina S
Title College men’s depression-related help-seeking: Aa gender analysis
Journal name Journal of Mental Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0963-8237
Publication date 2014-04-30
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3109/09638237.2014.910639
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 23
Issue 5
Start page 219
End page 224
Total pages 6
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Language eng
Formatted 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.
Keyword College men
Gender analysis
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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