Journal article

Men's discourses of help-seeking in the context of depression

Joy L Johnson, John L Oliffe, Mary T Kelly, Paul Galdas, John S Ogrodniczuk

SOCIOLOGY OF HEALTH & ILLNESS | WILEY | Published : 2012

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-stru..

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