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"I Don't Need Help": Gender Differences in how Gender Stereotypes Predict Help-Seeking
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology. Univ Nevada, Las Vegas, NV 89154 USA..
Univ Nevada, Las Vegas, NV 89154 USA..
2017 (English)In: Sex Roles, ISSN 0360-0025, E-ISSN 1573-2762, Vol. 76, no 1-2, 27-39 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Although self-report and correlational studies suggest that gender stereotypes are related to men's health behavior, particularly in relation to seeking help, there is minimal research that has tested this hypothesis experimentally. The present study examined how two stereotype pathways, personally endorsed gender stereotypes and gender stereotyped attitudes, predicted help-seeking behavior among U.S. undergraduate women (n = 68) and men (n = 72) when they worked on challenging puzzles and recalled previous health help-seeking behavior for physical or psychological problems. Results revealed gender and domain differences in how the two pathways predicted help-seeking. For the puzzle tasks, both attitudinally and personally endorsed gender stereotypes predicted men's help-seeking, whereas only personally endorsed gender stereotypes predicted women's help-seeking. For recalled health behaviors, personally endorsed gender stereotypes predicted men's help-seeking, whereas gender stereotypes did not predict women's help-seeking. The gender and domain differences in how personal and attitudinal gender stereotypes predicted help-seeking are important to consider when designing interventions to increase help-seeking.

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2017. Vol. 76, no 1-2, 27-39 p.
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Human gender differences, Stereotyped attitudes, Stereotyped behavior, Health disparities
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Gender Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-316136DOI: 10.1007/s11199-016-0653-7ISI: 000392111700003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-316136DiVA: diva2:1078396
Available from: 2017-03-03 Created: 2017-03-03 Last updated: 2017-03-03Bibliographically approved

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