2023 Undergraduate Research Showcase


Hegemonic Masculinity on Attitudes Towards Seeking Help

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Dr. Matthew Genuchi


The public stigma on seeking mental health care has a severe effect on men. Strong conformity to hegemonic masculine gender roles and the internalization of this stigma results in significant mental health concerns for men, including high rates of suicide. The purpose of this study is to investigate if there is a relationship between the internalized mental health stigma in young men and their fathers’ views on seeking mental health care. I hypothesize a father’s attitudes towards mental health and mental health help-seeking behavior is correlated with low levels of help-seeking behavior among young men and overall positive or negative attitudes among fathers are correlated to similar attitudes among sons. These questions will be answered by surveying and interviewing male college students about their fathers’ views on mental health help-seeking behavior to evaluate if father’s negative views are correlated to son’s conformity to traditional masculine gender norms and lack of help seeking for their mental health.

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