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How social networks influence young men to seek psychological help
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Work and Social Pedagogy. University of Gothenburg, Psychology Department, Gothenburg, Sweden. (BUV)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3152-3042
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Psychology, Pedagogy and Sociology. University of Gothenburg, Psychology Department, Gothenburg, Sweden. (BUV)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9982-8304
University of Gothenburg, Psychology Department, Gothenburg, Sweden.
2021 (English)In: Nordic Psychology, ISSN 1901-2276, E-ISSN 1904-0016, Vol. 73, no 2, p. 153-174Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

There is a growing body of literature that recognizes young men's reluctance to seek psychological help. However, how young men perceive the role of their social networks in their decision to seek help has received limited attention in research. Using thematic analysis, this study investigated 30 young men's description of how members from three categories of their social networks: partner, family and friends have influenced them to seek psychological help and how they have experienced this influence. The results show that certain themes recur between various members of men's social networks while others were unique to roles in the social network. How this information can be used to make it easier for young men to seek psychological help is discussed.

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2021. Vol. 73, no 2, p. 153-174
Keywords [en]
young men, psychological help-seeking, social networks
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Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-16047DOI: 10.1080/19012276.2020.1839540ISI: 000585408300001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85095812285OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-16047DiVA, id: diva2:1502849
Available from: 2020-11-22 Created: 2020-11-22 Last updated: 2022-03-30Bibliographically approved
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1. Violence in Close Relationships, Sexual Risk taking, and Help-seeking among Young Men
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Violence in Close Relationships, Sexual Risk taking, and Help-seeking among Young Men
2020 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

 In close relationships and through sexual intimacy, most adolescents and young adults have opportunities to develop the ability to experience emo-tional intimacy and trust. This thesis focuses on problematic phenomena that can occur in these situations. Study I addressed limitations in the literature on dating violence concerning prevalence rates, dynamic risk factors, and the effectiveness of intervention programs. The results showed that preva-lence ratings of physical dating violence ranged between 10% and 20%, and that psychological/emotional violence is the most frequently experienced type of abuse. Peer influence was found to be an important risk factor for dating violence. Interventions were found to have short-term positive effects on behavioral change. In Study II, 88 adolescents participated in focus group sessions. The aim was to determine the extent to which a universal set of themes about dating violence could represent adolescents’ attitudes, as part of a study across four European countries. The study identified four superor-dinate themes: gender roles, television as an educator, perceived severity, and the decision to seek help. Study III, concerning sexual risk-taking, in-volved a survey of young men (N=452) who were testing for sexually trans-mitted infections (STIs). Results revealed that the young men had a relative-ly high average number of partners (3.8) with whom they had had unprotect-ed sex i.e., they had done so at some point in the past. In addition, almost a fifth of them were reluctant to use a condom due to erection difficulties. A relatively high proportion had been subjected to sexual coercion (14.7%). Study IV explored 30 young men’s descriptions of how members of their social networks had influenced them to seek psychological help. Results showed that young men were influenced by their networks mainly through exhortation and drawing attention to their needs. Friends who were role models were especially influential in helping them overcome obstructive masculinity norms and move from reluctance toward more constructive atti-tudes regarding help-seeking. This thesis focuses on young men’s experi-ences with relationship violence, as well as their sexual and psychological health needs, all of which have clinical implications.

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Göteborg: Göteborgs universitet, 2020. p. 83
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Avhandling/Göteborgs universitet, Psykologiska inst, ISSN 1101-718X
Keywords
dating violence, young men, sexual risk-taking, social network, help-seeking
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Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)
Research subject
Child and Youth studies
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urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-16275 (URN)978-91-8009-077-3 (ISBN)978-91-8009-076-6 (ISBN)
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Available from: 2021-02-10 Created: 2021-02-10 Last updated: 2021-02-10Bibliographically approved

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