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dc.contributor.advisorLindegger, Graham Charles.
dc.creatorBushell, Paul.
dc.date.created2008
dc.date.issued2008
dc.descriptionThesis (M.A.)-University of KwaZulu-Natal, PIetermaritzburg, 2008.en_US
dc.description.abstractThis study aimed to explore the relationship between ideas and practices of masculinity and help-seeking behaviour amongst young South African men. The need for this research has been motivated by both the limited amount of previous research in this area, and the importance of this kind of research. It was hypothesized that there would be a relationship between the intended and actual help-seeking behaviour, and the common ideas and practices of masculinity amongst the young men taking part in this research. It was hypothesized that where young men agreed with traditional conceptualizations of masculinity their intention and rate of actual help-seeking would be less. The sample included a diverse group of 100 young men attending the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg. Participants included young men from various religious, language, sexual orientation and faculty groups. The data for this research was collected using a questionnaire assessing intended and actual help-seeking behaviour, and participants‟ acceptance of traditional conceptualizations of masculinity. The findings of this study have shown that young men in this context have a low intention and rate of help-seeking behaviour from various help sources, but especially from formal sources such as mental health professionals and general practitioners. It has also found that there are differences in the common ideas and practices of masculinity between young men from different religious, faculty and sexual orientation groups. However, despite the initial hypothesis, this study has been unable to show a clear relationship between ideas and practices of masculinity and help-seeking behaviour.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.subjectMasculinity--South Africa.en_US
dc.subjectMen--South Africa--Identity.en_US
dc.subjectHelp-seeking behaviour.en_US
dc.subjectTheses--Psychology.en_US
dc.titleA quantitative study looking at the relationship between ideas and practices of masculinity and help-seeking behaviour amongst young South African men.en_US
dc.typeThesisen_US


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