Constructions of masculinity and men's experiences of barriers to help-seeking from mental health services

Claridge, Dannielle

Clinical psychology
September 2017

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This portfolio thesis is divided into three parts: a systematic literature review, an empirical study and a set of appendices.

Part one is a systematic literature review, exploring the existing literature relating to the barriers men report when accessing mental health services. A total of 8 studies were critically reviewed, evaluated and assessed for quality. The results from these were then explored to consider the themes that men described in the barriers they experienced. The findings from this review are discussed regarding the clinical implications of barriers to care.

Part two is an empirical paper exploring the constructions of masculinity in the language Army veterans use around accessing mental health services. The study utilised a combination of grounded theory and Foucauldian discourse analysis to explore the discourses used by the five veterans. Results looked at the different positions the men took in their discourse and the different actions this allowed them, as well as how they negotiated their masculinity when accessing support. The findings are considered and discussed in relation to their clinical implications.

Part three contains a comprehensive set of appendices from parts one and two; this also contains epistemological and reflective statements to add context to the research that was undertaken.

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