Title

Emotional expression, perceptions of therapy, and help-seeking intentions in men attending therapy services

RIS ID

15841

Publication Details

Cusack, J., Deane, F. P., Wilson, C. J. & Ciarrochi, J. V. (2006). Emotional expression, perceptions of therapy, and help-seeking intentions in men attending therapy services. Psychology of Men and Masculinity, 7 (2), 69-82.

Abstract

Seventy-three men who were currently accessing or had recently accessed mental health services completed a questionnaire regarding their emotional expression, engagement in therapy, perceptions of treatment helpfulness, and future help-seeking intentions. Perceptions of treatment helpfulness were inversely predicted by alexithymia (mediated by bond) and restrictive emotionality, although these emotional expression variables were unrelated to future help-seeking intentions. Bond was positively related to perceptions of treatment helpfulness and both variables predicted future help-seeking intentions. Contrary to expectations, perceptions of treatment helpfulness did not mediate the relationship between bond and future help-seeking intentions. It was concluded that, once in therapy, bond and perceptions of treatment helpfulness are more important to future help-seeking intentions than a man's difficulty or discomfort with emotional expression.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/1524-9220.7.2.69