Men's help seeking behaviour in the domain of mental health: what are the implications for social work practice?

Sheffield, Claire (2016) Men's help seeking behaviour in the domain of mental health: what are the implications for social work practice? MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Men are less likely than women to seek help or be diagnosed for depressive illness, however, four times more likely to commit suicide. Men's mental health is an issue that has been neglected on a worldwide basis (Berger et al. , 2013, p.1 ). Men are less likely to recognise that they have a mental health problem and also less likely to seek help. Statistics suggest that men are four times more likely than women to take their own lives (Ministry of Justice, 2009, p.27). Research indicates that the concept of hegemonic masculinity and the stigma associated with mental health issues act as barriers to men's help seeking behaviours. Research also suggests that men in mid-life who are socioeconomically disadvantaged are at a higher risk of depression and suicide. Through a systematic review of qualitative research this dissertation focused on discovering 'men's voice ' within their 'lived experience' and subsequently identified barriers and enabling factors to men's help seeking behaviour. The findings of this literature were that some traditional ideals of hegemonic masculinity are a barrier to help seeking, however re-framing such ideals can become a positive enabling factor.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences and Social Work
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2016 15:17
    Last Modified: 05 Aug 2016 15:17
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/21366

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