Les éléments qui facilitent la demande d'aide psychosociale des hommes en difficulté

Authors: Dubé-Rousseau, Jean-Michaël
Advisor: Tremblay, Gilles
Abstract: For many men, seeking psychological help remains a difficult process. Scientific literature points toward some factors that facilitate help-seeking, such as the support of a significant other or the positive influence of a general practitioner (SOM, 2018). However, because of the quantitative nature of most of these studies, they generally cannot explain how these factors facilitate men's help-seeking process. This current study aims to acquire a better understanding of how these factors simultaneously encourage men to seek help when they experience hardships and facilitate the help-seeking process. To achieve this objective, a qualitative, exploratory study has been carried out with 10 men who have consulted a therapist for personal problems. A thematic analysis, based on Gross and McMullen's (1983) three-step model of the help-seeking process, was used to analyze the data. This research found that while various factors have facilitated each of the three steps of the participants' help-seeking process, others facilitated participant engagement in the psychosocial process after the initial contact with health services. Overall, the findings confirm what was already known in the scientific literature regarding factors that can make men's help-seeking easier. Furthermore, they provide additional knowledge on some of those factors, such as strategies used by a general practitioner to convince a man to see a psychosocial professional or a father's observation that his problems also have consequences on his children. Finally, the results make it possible to put forward some possible solutions to facilitate men's help-seeking process, mostly regarding the use of social marketing to target certain groups of men and the necessity to raise general practitioner's awareness of how they can encourage men to seek psychological help.
Document Type: Mémoire de maîtrise
Issue Date: 2021
Open Access Date: 15 November 2021
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11794/70932
Grantor: Université Laval
Collection:Thèses et mémoires

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