Barriers in diagnosing and treating men with depression: A focus group report

Aaron B. Rochlen, Debora A. Paterniti, Ronald M. Epstein, Paul Duberstein, Lindsay Willeford, Richard L. Kravitz

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Abstract

This study reports on the experiences of 45 male focus group participants with a history of depression. Men responded to questions addressing the interaction between the male role, masculinity, depression, and experiences with treatment for depression. Using a qualitative, thematic-based coding strategy, three primary themes emerged. First, participants described aspects of the male gender as being in conflict or incongruent with their experiences of depression and beliefs about appropriate help-seeking behaviors. Second, men outlined alternative symptom profiles that could interfere with the recognition of depression and willingness to seek help. Finally, men expressed a range of positive and negative reactions toward depression treatment and treatment providers. Implications for health care providers are provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)167-175
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Men's Health
Volume4
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

Keywords

  • Focus group
  • Masked depression
  • Men and depression
  • Qualitative

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