Journal article

Connecting Masculinity and Depression Among International Male University Students

John L Oliffe, Steve Robertson, Mary T Kelly, Philippe Roy, John S Ogrodniczuk

QUALITATIVE HEALTH RESEARCH | SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC | Published : 2010

Abstract

International university students can experience isolation amid academic pressures. Such circumstances can manifest as or exacerbate depression. This qualitative study involved 15 international male students at a Canadian university who were diagnosed or self-identified as having depression. Individual interviews revealed men's perspectives about causes, implications, and management of depression. Participants intertwined sex- and gender-based factors in detailing causes, and emphasized the potential for parents to impact depression. Implications of depression for embodying traditional masculine roles of breadwinner and career man influenced many men to filter details about their illness wit..

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