TITLE

Masculinities and college men's depression: Recursive relationships

AUTHOR(S)
Oliffe, John L.; Kelly, Mary T.; Johnson, Joy L.; Bottorff, Joan L.; Gray, Ross E.; Ogrodniczuk, John S.; Galdas, Paul M.
PUB. DATE
December 2010
SOURCE
Health Sociology Review;Dec2010, Vol. 19 Issue 4, p465
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Depression is a significant problem among college men. This qualitative study examines the interplay between masculinities and depression among Canadian-based college men who self-identified or were formally diagnosed with depression. The resulting three themes - mind matters, stalled intimacy and lethargic discontent - reveal the recursive relationships between masculinities and depression whereby depression quashed men's aspirations for embodying masculine ideals, with depression potentially triggered by self-doubt and concerns about harbouring a faulty masculinity. Key findings include participants' juxtaposing their private negative self-talk with attempts to pass as self-assured in public; anxieties about neediness and vulnerability negating their efforts to initiate or maintain an intimate relationship; and ruptured ideologies about a mind-body dualism whereby severe depression negatively impacted physical wellbeing.
ACCESSION #
58698813

 

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