Who Influence Men to Go to Therapy? Reports from Men Attending Psychological Services

  • Jason Cusack
  • Frank P. Deane
  • Coralie J. Wilson
  • Joseph Ciarrochi


The degree to which men's current or most recent access to professional psychological help was influenced by others, and their future independent help-seeking intentions were measured. Seventy-three males currently accessing, or who had recently accessed a mental health service, completed a questionnaire that asked about their pathway to care and future help-seeking intentions. Ninety-six percent of participants reported their decision to seek help was influenced to some degree by others, with G.P's, and intimate partners most influential. Thirty-seven percent indicated that without this influence, they would not have sought help at all. Once in therapy, treatment helpfulness was a significant predictor of future help-seeking intentions for a personal-emotional problem or suicidal thoughts, irrespective of the pathway to care.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jason Cusack
    • 1
  • Frank P. Deane
    • 2
  • Coralie J. Wilson
    • 3
  • Joseph Ciarrochi
    • 4
  1. 1.University of WollongongWollongongAustralia
  2. 2.Illawarra Institute for Mental HealthUniversity of WollongongWollongongAustralia
  3. 3.University of WollongongWollongongAustralia
  4. 4.University of WollongongWollongongAustralia

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