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'Big Build': Hidden Depression in Men

Brownhill, S, Wilhelm, K, Barclay, Lesley Margaret and Schmied, V (2005). 'Big Build': Hidden Depression in Men. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry,39(10):921-931.

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Title 'Big Build': Hidden Depression in Men
Author Brownhill, S
Wilhelm, K
Barclay, Lesley Margaret
Schmied, V
Journal Name Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry
Publication Date 2005
Volume Number 39
Issue Number 10
ISSN 1440-1614   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 921
End Page 931
Total Pages 11
Place of Publication Carlton South, Victoria, Australia
Publisher Blackwell Science
Field of Research 1103 - Clinical Sciences
1117 - Public Health and Health Services
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract Objective: To investigate men's experience of depression. Method: A sample of male and female teachers and students was recruited from four sites of a tertiary education institution to a series of focus groups. A grounded theory approach to qualitative data analysis was used to elucidate men's experience of depression. Content analysis was applied to the women's data to examine similarities and contrasts with the men. Standard measures of mood and dispositional optimism confirmed the non-clinical status of the group. Results: The findings suggest that some men who are depressed can experience a trajectory of emotional distress manifest in avoidant, numbing and escape behaviours which can lead to aggression, violence and suicide. Gender differences appear not in the experience of depression per se, but in the expression of depression. Conclusion: Emotional distress, constrained by traditional notions of masculinity, may explain why depression in men can often be hidden, overlooked, not discussed or 'acted out'. There are implications for the types of questions asked of men to detect depressive symptoms.
Keywords Depression
Focus groups
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