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Title: Factors affecting psychological help-seeking in men
Author: O'Flaherty, Robert
ISNI:       0000 0004 6496 6357
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 2017
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This thesis focuses on the psychology of men, and in particular the factors that are associated with their disclosure and help-seeking experiences in two particular contexts: following sexual abuse and when experiencing a psychological difficulty. This thesis consists of three chapters. Chapter 1 is a systematic review of the literature, investigating the barriers to disclosure and help-seeking for male survivors of sexual abuse. Five barriers were identified: unwillingness to acknowledge the abuse, the nature of the abuse and abuser factors, perceptions of sexual orientation, stigma and shame, and mistrust of others and services. These barriers are discussed within the context of masculinity. Clinical implications are discussed, such as the importance of training in the sexual abuse of men for professional staff groups. Chapter 2 is a vignette based empirical study which explores factors associated with help-seeking for psychological difficulties in men. The study used the theory of planned behaviour as a guiding framework in order to test a number of hypotheses. Data were collected using an online survey and participants were men aged 18-65, living in the UK, who were recruited via social media. Perceived behavioural control and attitudes toward seeking professional psychological help were significant variables within the theory of planned behaviour model. Men were most likely to endorse seeking help from their intimate partners and GPs and least likely from helplines and religious leaders. Clinical implications are discussed and areas of future research recommended. Chapter 3 is a reflective paper which discusses how the topic of the thesis originated. This paper reflects on the experiences of being a male trainee clinical psychologist in a predominantly female profession, as well as in relation to carrying out research on male psychology. The paper concludes with final thoughts about how the work started in this thesis can be continued post-qualification.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: BF Psychology