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Title: The Role of Gender in Help-Seeking Behaviour for Mental Health Issues in Singaporean University Students
Issue Date: 16-Apr-2018
Citation: WONG PING JOYCE (2018-04-16). The Role of Gender in Help-Seeking Behaviour for Mental Health Issues in Singaporean University Students. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This thesis examines the role of gender in shaping the propensity of men and women to seek help for mental health conditions. Indeed, studies of Western populations demonstrate that men are less likely than women to seek professional help for mental illnesses. This constitutes a gender gap in help-seeking and mental health service utilisation. Despite the prevalence of the gender gap in Singapore, local studies have neglected the study of gender and its effects on help-seeking in Singaporeans. Given that mental health issues surrounding Singaporean students have recently garnered increased public attention, this thesis attempts to fill the lacuna in the scholarship by exploring the role of gender in shaping help-seeking behavior for mental health issues among Singaporean university students. Through in-depth interviews with students from the National University of Singapore, this thesis argues that masculinity and the male gender role raise barriers to help-seeking for men, whereas femininity and the duality of the female gender role lower barriers to help-seeking for women. This thesis first identifies dominant gender roles and norms existing in Singapore. Subsequently, it seeks to expound how they implicate help-seeking for mental health issues. Using an ntegrative framework of gender, this thesis then explicates the interconnections between the individual-, interactional-, and institutional-levels of society in reproducing and sustaining gender roles and norms. Finally, this thesis presents an unanticipated finding: the effects of the cultural role of self-reliance in Singapore on help-seeking behavior.
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