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Title: "It is tough being a boy" : a grounded theory study of help-seeking pressures and promoters encountered by 12 and 13 year old boys
Author: Wilson, Lindsey Ellen
ISNI:       0000 0004 2729 810X
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2011
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Background: This grounded theory study explored the views of adolescent boys aged 12 and 13 on the factors that influence their help-seeking decisions for less severe forms of psychological distress. Method: Semi-structured interviews with 12 participants from a local secondary school and a community setting were analysed according to grounded theory methods. The data analysis abstracted categories of data to construct a substantive theory of helpseeking. Results: Participants’ views revealed an interaction of ‘pressures and promoters’ that affected adolescent boys’ help-seeking decisions. These related to relationships with others, mental health support and education, being a boy, and individual factors. Conclusion: Mental health education and awareness should be promoted amongst adolescent boys and the adults and professionals that they encounter so that they may be encouraged to seek help for psychological distress.
Supervisor: Quayle, Ethel; Power, Michael. ; Cossar, Jill. ; McGlynn, Tracy. Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: adolescent males ; help-seeking ; emotional distress ; mental health support ; education