Help-Seeking Behaviors and Men

This entry provides an overview of help-seeking behavior in men. The entry begins with an exploration of how social scientists conceptualize masculinity, as well as an examination of predominant beliefs regarding masculinity in cultures where masculinity research is most commonly conducted. The entry then discusses patterns in how men seek help from both within and outside their social support network, with a particular focus on family, friends, medical professionals, and mental health care providers. Finally, the entry addresses the factors that discourage men from seeking help and the implications for men’s physical and mental health.


Contemporary social science research characterizes masculinity as a set of values, beliefs, and attitudes regarding what it means to be male. Individuals learn, both implicitly and explicitly, what it means ...

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