The role of masculinities in psychological and emotional help seeking by men with prostate cancer

Goodwin, Belinda C. and Ralph, Nicholas ORCID: and Ireland, Michael J. and Hyde, Melissa K. and Oliffe, John L. and Dunn, Jeff ORCID: and Chambers, Suzanne (2020) The role of masculinities in psychological and emotional help seeking by men with prostate cancer. Psycho-Oncology, 29 (2). pp. 356-363. ISSN 1057-9249


Objective: To assess the impact of demographic characteristics and masculinities on seeking support for psychosocial care needs in men with prostate cancer.

Methods: Prostate cancer survivors (n = 225) completed mail-out surveys measuring psychological care needs, masculinities, and psychological and emotional help-seeking intention and behaviour at 6- and 12-month follow-ups.

Results: Older age was associated with seeking help from a general practitioner (GP), χ2 (1,225) = 4.72, P = .03, and being born overseas was associated with seeking peer support (1,225) = 7.13, P = .01. Men with higher levels of optimistic action who reported moderate to high unmet psychological need were less likely to seek help for psychological and emotional concerns at 6- (odds ratio [OR] = 0.06, confidence interval [CI], 0.01-0.46) and 12-month (OR = 0.13, CI, 0.26-0.65) follow-ups.

Conclusions: Optimistic action may explain why some men with prostate cancer fail to seek help for their psychological care needs. Clinicians should be aware that men with chronic illness who appear to approach challenges with optimistic action may in fact be less likely to seek psychological help when needed.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Nursing and Midwifery (1 Jan 2015 - )
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Institute for Resilient Regions - Centre for Health, Informatics and Economic Research (1 Aug 2018 - 31 Mar 2020)
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2020 05:03
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2022 02:54
Uncontrolled Keywords: masculinities, prostatic neoplasms; psychooncology; psychosocial support systems
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1112 Oncology and Carcinogenesis > 111299 Oncology and Carcinogenesis not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3211 Oncology and carcinogenesis > 321199 Oncology and carcinogenesis not elsewhere classified
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