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A systematic review of the factors associated with delays in medical and psychological help-seeking among men


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Yousaf, O., Grunfeld, E.A. and Hunter, M.S., 2015. A systematic review of the factors associated with delays in medical and psychological help-seeking among men. Health Psychology Review, 9 (2), pp. 264-76.

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    Abstract

    Despite a growing literature on the factors associated with men's low rates of medical and psychological help-seeking, a systematic review of these is missing. Such an overview can help to inform health psychologists of the barriers to the performance of adaptive health behaviours, such as prompt help-seeking, and could inform theoretical advancements and the development of targeted interventions to facilitate prompt help-seeking among men. We systematically reviewed quantitative and qualitative empirical papers on factors associated with delays in men's medical and psychological help-seeking. The Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) guidelines were followed, and we used the databases PsycINFO, Medline, Embase and PsycARTICLES (with keywords: men/male*/gender*, help*/seek* and health*/service*/utili*[sation]) for papers in English. 41 citations (amounting to 21,787 participants aged 15-80 +) met the inclusion criteria. Approximately half of these used qualitative methodologies (i.e., semi-structured interviews and focus groups), while half used quantitative methodologies (i.e., questionnaires). We identify a number of recurring cognitive, emotional, health-service related and socio-demographic help-seeking factors/predictors from the 41 papers. Of these, the most prominent barriers to help-seeking were disinclination to express emotions/concerns about health, embarrassment, anxiety and fear, and poor communication with health-care professionals.

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    Item Type Articles
    CreatorsYousaf, O., Grunfeld, E.A. and Hunter, M.S.
    DOI10.1080/17437199.2013.840954
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    DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Psychology
    Publisher StatementA_systematic_review_of_the_factors_associated_with_delays_in_medical_and_psychological_help_seeking_among_men.pdf: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Health Psychology Review on 16/10/2014, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/17437199.2013.840954
    RefereedYes
    StatusPublished
    ID Code41316

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