Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/15189
Title: Within the boundary fence: an investigation into the perceptions of men's experience of depression in rural and remote areas of Australia
Contributor(s): Patterson-Kane, Lisa (author); Quirk, Frances (author)
Publication Date: 2014
DOI: 10.1071/PY12106
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/15189
Abstract: This is a study exploring perceptions of men's experience of depression in rural and remote areas of Australia. The purpose of this investigation was to generate 'new' information that can inform models of diagnosis and primary care for the treatment of depression in men in rural and remote areas. Men and women were recruited from two North Queensland sites to participate in semistructured interviews in both an individual and focus group format and completing a series of questionnaires. A combination of grounded theory and content analysis was adopted to analyse the qualitative data, and develop theory around men's experience of depression in rural and remote areas. The findings of this study suggest that men's experience of depression within a rural context is defined by a process of 'internal compound' whereupon emotional distress can represent itself in avoidant and dulling behaviours along with self-reliant attempts to 'fix' the situation. From this study a language has been provided to give explanation to the experience of depression in men in rural and remote areas. The findings of this study have implications for, and provide opportunity for reform in, how we approach the recognition, diagnosis and treatment of depression for men in rural and remote areas.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Australian Journal of Primary Health, 20(2), p. 162-166
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 1448-7527
1836-7399
Field of Research (FOR): 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 920504 Mens Health
920410 Mental Health
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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