Alexithymia, masculine gender roles, public stigma, and attitudes toward help seeking for depression were examined in relation to men’s willingness of seeking help for depression. Adult male participants (N= 190) recruited online (Amazon’s Mechanical Turk) completed Normative Male Alexithymia Scale (NMAS), Male Role Norms Inventory (MRNI-SF), Perceptions of Stigmatization by Others for Seeking Psychological Help (PSOSH), Attitudes Toward Seeking Professional Psychological Help scales (ATSPPH-SF), and questions based on a vignette indicating level of willingness of seeking help for depression. Scores were analyzed to predict the likelihood of seeking help for depression among men. Data were analyzed using regression analysis. Results indicate that a greater likelihood of seeking help for depression was associated with more positive attitudes toward seeking professional psychological help, a decreased identification with male role norms, and with decreased alexithymia. Three of the predictors (NMAS, MRNI-SF, ATSPPH-SF) explained 49% of the variance, (3,167) = 52.573, p < .000, R 2 = .486. ATSPPH was the strongest predictor of men’s willingness of seeking help for depression. Limitations of this study and implications for practice and research are discussed.
|Advisor:||Segrist, Dan J.|
|Commitee:||Pawlow, Laura A., Pomerantz, Andrew M.|
|School:||Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||MAI 56/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Counseling Psychology, Clinical psychology, Gender studies|
|Keywords:||Alexithymia, Depression, Gender roles, Help-seeking, Men|
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