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Title: Self-concept in men : how does it relate to help-seeking behaviour?
Author: Scott-Lodge, Loren J.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2000
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Theorists converge on the idea of self-concept as an internal representation of the self, founded on experience and biology. The structural organisation as well as the content of this self knowledge and self sense is implicated in how, or even if we respond to incoming information and what meanings, feelings and behaviours result. Certain models of organisation have also been implicated in vulnerability to psychopathology. The propensity to look for help in the face of a problem has been found to covary with factors such as culture, power differentials, and gender. Men are traditionally seen as less likely to seek help given a problem. Suicide amongst men, by often very violent and lethal methods, have risen dramatically in the last two decades of last century, with farmers being most at risk. Young men are the least likely to seek help from health professionals before taking this final step. This study looks at the way a man organisers his self view, and how this relates to his likely-hood to seek help for psychological distress. A help seeking questionnaire, coupled with a measure of the organisation of self concept is administered to two groups; one of farmers, and one of men attending an advice centre. It is proposed that farmers will be the least likely to seek help, and that those who are least likely to seek help will be more likely to organise their self view in a way that could lead to increased vulnerability to psychopathology. Results and implications for the design and delivery of services are discussed.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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