Deakin University researcher Dr David Demmer is looking for men to take part in an online survey focusing on their experiences with psychological therapy.
Titled ‘Engaging Men in Psychological Therapies’ Dr Demmer’s study will expectations of therapy and why it is that many men choose not to seek support for mental health issues.
The participants have to be living in Australia and 18 years of age or older to complete the 10-15 minute survey, which is completely voluntary and anonymous.
“The purpose of our project is to understand men’s experiences of psychological therapy,” explains Dr Demmer.
“Previous research has demonstrated that men are less likely to engage in psychological therapy than women regardless of need. This project will help us to understand what preconceptions men have of psychological therapy, and it is hoped this information can be used to support men to seek therapy if/when it is needed.”
“The findings may help provide information on what men initially expect from psychological therapy and the characteristics of men who may be more or less likely to engage. It is hoped that this understanding will help inform public education/understanding by allowing campaigns to clarify misconceptions that men may have about psychological therapy.”