Journal article

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

Abstract

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..

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