Perceived Barriers To Mental Health Treatment Among Men Enrolled In A Responsible Fatherhood Program.

Dec 2018 | Anna Hayward and Laura N. Honegger

Low-income men may experience elevated risk for mental health concerns and be less likely to seek treatment; this may be due in part to perceived barriers to accessing and receiving treatment. Men who enrolled in a community based responsible fatherhood program self-identified their health and mental health conditions. Although participants reported serious health conditions at rates consistent with the general population, we found higher than expected rates of depression, anxiety, or other mental health conditions and explored perceived barriers to mental health treatment among this sample. Findings suggest that low income men face a variety of perceived psychosocial and structural barriers impacting access to and compliance with mental health treatment. (Author abstract)

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