Date of Submission

5-12-2011

Abstract

Within the last decade a number of male specific depression rating scales have been developed. Unfortunately each of these scales encompasses significant psychometric issues, thus comprising their validity. The present dissertation reports five quantitative studies based on data from community samples with the aim of developing a psychometrically valid male specific depression rating scale. As defined by DSM-IV, Major Depressive Disorder comprises a range of internalising symptoms (e.g., sadness, worthlessness, guilt, fatigue). These internalising symptoms contravene traditional masculine role norms such as emotional stoicism, self-reliance and aggression. Given this, the masculine depression framework theorises that when depressed, some men may experience atypical depression symptoms that are more congruent with masculine role norms (e.g., substance abuse, anger, emotional suppression, risk-taking). However, as these masculine type symptoms fall outside present diagnostic criteria, it is possible that males experiencing such symptoms may not be identified as depressed in primary care settings...

School/Institute

School of Psychology

Document Type

Thesis

Access Rights

Open Access

Extent

397 pages

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Included in

Psychology Commons

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