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(p. 102) Acceptance of Mental Illness Among Men: Masculinities and Mental Health 

(p. 102) Acceptance of Mental Illness Among Men: Masculinities and Mental Health
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(p. 102) Acceptance of Mental Illness Among Men: Masculinities and Mental Health
Author(s):

Lauren Mizock

and Zlatka Russinova

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780190204273.003.0007
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date: 17 November 2017

This chapter explores the unique barriers and facilitators to acceptance that men with serious mental illness may experience. The values associated with traditional masculinity are discussed as they pertain to the process of accepting mental illness. Barriers specific to men in our research studies are detailed, including avoidance of help-seeking and self-medication with substance abuse. In addition, the literature on misdiagnosis and underdiagnosis of mental health conditions among men is presented. Facilitators to the process of acceptance for men in the present research are discussed, including accessing supportive relationships and other mental health resources. Several participant case narratives are provided in order to demonstrate the impact of various masculinities on the process of acceptance. A clinical strategies list, discussion questions, activities, the “Men’s Acceptance of Mental Health Worksheet,” and an explanatory table are included at the close of the chapter.

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