Men’s Perceptions of Men Who Attend Mental Health Counseling

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Travis W. Schermer
Lynne Guillot Miller
James McGlothlin


This study utilized Q methodology to explore men’s perceptions of other men who attend mental health counseling. Forty-three men from different areas of the United States sorted a Q sample of 48 statements. One common factor emerged with three specificities that reflected four perceptions of men attending mental health counseling. These factors were titled (a) Counseling Helps Men, (b) Caution, (c) Emergent Openness, and (d) Problem Solving. The results suggested that the participants were largely supportive of men who attend mental health counseling, with some expressing concern about stigmas associated with attendance. Additionally, men’s perceptions of mental health counseling attendance are not well aligned with what some prominent theories would indicate. The findings have implications for those working in mental health, researching in men’s issues, and educating counselors.

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Schermer, T. W., Guillot Miller, L., & McGlothlin, J. (2012). Men’s Perceptions of Men Who Attend Mental Health Counseling. Operant Subjectivity, 36(1). Retrieved from