Mentor: Dr. Michael Middleton, UNH Department of Education
Hombres Machos: Masculinity as a Predictor of Depression and Mental Health Help-Seeking Among Latinos
The Latino population is the fastest growing ethnic group in the United States. With such a large population of Latinos there must be an emphasis on the health concerns that are related to this population, including mental health. Mental health help seeking for depression is an important topic worth investigating because of the Latino population’s trend of resisting mental health services. Latinos have higher prevalence rates of depression (Dunlop et al., 2003) and are less likely to seek help (Ortega & Alegría, 2002) than other ethnic populations in the United States. Previous research has shown that men as a group are likely to avoid mental health help-seeking partly due to the societal gender norms (Addis, 2008). Research has shown that Mexican men with machistic behavior are more prone to depression than other men. This study will investigate the relationship of the masculinity roles in Latino men, specifically machismo and caballerismo, and how it influences their depression rates and mental health help-seeking. This study will be using a survey method to understand how the machismo and caballerismo attitudes affect the Latino population’s mental wellbeing. The goal of this research is to further understand what masculine role attitudes negatively affect Latino men’s depression and help seeking so that we can strengthen the attitudes that are helpful to men’s welfare.