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Title: A grounded theory approach exploring men's access to IAPT services and accounts of psychological help seeking
Author: Fisk, Gemma
Awarding Body: University of Surrey
Current Institution: University of Surrey
Date of Award: 2013
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Background: Men are considered to be reluctant to seek help for their psychological distress, with men within the age ranges of 35 to 49 years old considered to be particularly vulnerable in tenns of their mental health (Her Majesty's Government, 2011; Moller-Leimkuhler, 2002). To date research has largely focused on trying to understand men's reluctance to utilise mental health services, resulting in a paucity of research exploring what men do to cope with psychological distress instead of accessing mental health services alongside how men overcome barriers to psychological help-seeking. This research aimed to explore the accounts of psychological distress and the pathways into IAPT services for men between the ages of35 to 49 years old. Method: Men within the age ranges of 35 years to 49 years who had been referred to an IAPT service were the target population. In-depth semi-structured interviews conducted with 11 men, obtained detailed narratives of episodes of mental distress and accounts of psychological help-seeking. An abbreviated version of GroW1ded Theory was adopted using the framework provided by Channaz (2006). Results: Stigma and endorsement of masculinity scripts informed the men's decisions at various stages of the pathway into psychological help-seeking and engaging with help-receipt. Disparaging or encouraging commentary from within social support networks played an important part in psychological help-seeking. The men's perception of the severity of their mental health symptoms alongside their perception of the risks of not seeking psychological help impacted on whether psychological help-seeking was initiated. GP communication style was highlighted as important in determining whether the men's mental health problems were recognised. Contribution to the Field: This research bridges an important gap in understanding how masculinity scripts, stigma and social support networks inform men's decision making around psychological help-seeking. This' research provides a tentative conceptual framework which outlines how men between the ages of 35 and 49 years old come to engage in psychological help-seeking, Clinical and research implications raised by this research are discussed.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Psych.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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