Encouraging Help-Seeking Behaviours Among Vulnerable Young Men: A Review of the Literature

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A review of the literature into a range of needs and risks that affect young people found that young men are often as vulnerable as young women, but that these vulnerabilities can manifest themselves in different ways. A tendency to externalise and act-out when in emotional distress often masks the vulnerabilities of young men. This is compounded by the fact that young men are significantly less likely than young women to seek help for physical, emotional and other problems, leaving them open to prolonged suffering. This paper, written by CYCJ Research Fellow Nina Vaswani, explores some of the theories behind this gender gap in help-seeking and discusses the implications for practice and research.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationGlasgow
PublisherUniversity of Strathclyde
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 5 May 2014


  • help-seeking behaviours
  • youth justice
  • vulnerable young men
  • young offenders
  • gender gap in help-seeking

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