Journal article

Men, depression and masculinities: A review and recommendations

John L Oliffe, Melanie J Phillips

JOURNAL OF MENS HEALTH | CODON PUBLICATIONS | Published : 2008

Abstract

Fewer men than women are diagnosed with depression, although commentaries about men's depression suggest that the lower reported rates may be due to the widespread use of generic diagnostic criteria that are not sensitive to depression in men, as well as men's reluctance to express concerns about their mental health or access professional health care services. This article provides an overview of the connections between depression and masculinities and, based on that literature, recommendations are made for how we might better understand, identify and treat men's depression in gender-sensitive ways. © 2008 WPMH GmbH.

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Funding Acknowledgements

This article was made possible by British Columbia Mental Health and Addictions Research Network and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (Institute of Gender, Sex and Health - Boys' and men's health seed grant). Dr Oliffe is supported by investigator awards from the CIHR and the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research. Sincere thanks to Andrea Becking and Val Neduha for their technical assistance with the early drafts of this article.