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Master Of Arts In Clinical Psychology

Colleges & School

College Of Arts And Sciences

First Advisor

Carole Rayburn, PhD

Library of Congress Subject Heading

Depression;Depression in men;Self-help groups


This correlational study explored the relationship between men’s involvement in male-only support groups and self-reported depressive symptoms. The researcher obtained a convenience sample of 94 adult participants recruited from two local private universities and men’s groups with members throughout the United States. Sixty-eight percent (n=64) of respondents belonged to a male-only social support group. All participants completed a demographic questionnaire and self-report measures on their sense of well-being. Participants who belonged to a male-only group were instructed to fill out a questionnaire regarding their perceptions of support from their group. The researcher hypothesized that men who belong to male-only support groups would have lower depressive symptoms (as measured by the CES-D scale) than men who do not. The researcher did not identify a statistically significant difference in depressive symptoms between men who belong to male-only groups and those who do not.


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