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Multilevel Influences on Depressive Symptoms among Men in Bangladesh

James-Hawkins, Laurie and Naved, Ruchira Tabassum and Cheong, Yuk Fai and Yount, Kathryn M (2018) 'Multilevel Influences on Depressive Symptoms among Men in Bangladesh.' Psychology of Men and Masculinity. ISSN 1524-9220

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Abstract

Depression is a worldwide problem, and is especially prevalent in lower-income countries with insufficient resources and widespread poverty, such as Bangladesh. Yet multilevel determinants of depressive symptoms in men have not been studied in this context. We leverage a novel dataset from men in Bangladesh to determine the community- and individual-level influences of masculine dominance strain and financial strain on the frequency of married men’s depressive symptoms in Bangladesh. Data were collected between January and June, 2011, as part of the UN Multi-Country Study of Men and Violence, conducted by The International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b). Masculine dominance strain at both levels was related to the frequency of depressive symptoms. Financial strain only at the individual level was related to the frequency of depressive symptoms. We conclude that community-level economic interventions may not directly influence individual-level depression; however, addressing customary conceptions of masculinity at the community and individual level and addressing individual-level financial strain are promising joint strategies to improve married men’s mental health in Bangladesh and similar settings.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Depression, Multilevel analysis, gender role strain, economic strain, men’s mental health
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA790 Mental Health
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2017 13:19
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2018 11:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/20818

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