Men’s Discourses of Help‐seeking in the Context of Depression

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Date created
2011-06-27
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Abstract
Depression is an illness increasingly constructed as a gendered mood disorder and consequently diagnosed in women more than men. The diagnostic criteria used for its assessment often perpetrate and reproduce gender stereotypes. The stigma associated with mental illness and the gendered elements of depression suggest there are likely numerous discourses that position, explain, and justify help‐seeking practices. This qualitative study explored men’s discourses of seeking help for depression. The methodological approach was informed by a social constructionist perspective of language, discourse and gender that drew on methods from discourse analysis. We conducted individual in‐depth, semi‐structured interviews with 38 men with depression, either formally diagnosed or self reported. The analysis revealed five discursive frames that influenced the men’s talk about help‐seeking and depression: manly self‐reliance; treatment‐seeking as responsible independent action; guarded vulnerability; desperation; and genuine connection. The findings are discussed within a broader context of social discourses of gender, the limitations of current help‐seeking literature and the evidence for how men seek help in ways that extend traditional notions of medical treatment.
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Identifier
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9566.2011.01372.x
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Johnson, J. L., Oliffe, J. L., Kelly, M. T., Galdas, P. and Ogrodniczuk, J. S. (2012), Men’s discourses of help‐seeking in the context of depression. Sociology of Health & Illness, 34: 345-361.doi:10.1111/j.1467-9566.2011.01372.xhttps://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9566.2011.01372.x
Publication title
Sociology of Health Illness
Document title
Men’s discourses of help‐seeking in the context of depression
Date
2012
Volume
34
First page
345
Last page
361
Publisher DOI
10.1111/j.1467-9566.2011.01372.x
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Yes
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