How does being female assist help-seeking for mental health problems?
Fiona Judd, Angela Komiti, Henry Jackson
AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY | INFORMA HEALTHCARE-TAYLOR & FRANCIS | Published : 2008
OBJECTIVE: In Australia the prevalence of mental health problems does not vary by gender, but help-seeking and service utilization do. The aim of the present study was to examine a number of attitudinal factors that may influence help-seeking for mental health problems. METHOD: A cross-sectional community survey was conducted with a sample of 579 rural residents (57.9% female), who completed self-report measures assessing stoicism, alexithymia, perceived and personal stigma and the various facets of the personality trait of openness to experience. RESULTS: Men scored higher on measures of stoicism and personal stigma associated with mental health problems than women, and compared to women ha..View full abstract