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ISSN : 2233-6710(Print)
ISSN : 2384-2121(Online)
Journal of Asia Pacific Counseling Vol.2 No.2 pp.161-174

Gender Role Conflict and Adolescent Boy's Depression and Attitudes Toward Help-Seeking: The Mediating Role of Self-Concealment

Ji-Hyeon Kim, Heecheol Choi, Mae Hyang Hwang, Mary J. Heppner

Hongik University
Kwangju Women’s University
Gyeongin National University of Education
U niversity of M issouri-Columbia
Received May 4, 2012, Revision received July 24, 2012, Accepted August 10, 2012


This study examines the mediating effect of self-concealment between gender role conflict (GRC) and depression and attitudestoward professional help-seeking in Korean boys. Results of structural equation modeling with data from 189 Korean highschool boys demonstrated that the relationships between gender role conflict and depression and attitudes toward help-seekingare fully mediated by the tendency to conceal distressing information. Practical suggestions for interventions to Korean maleadolescents based on the results are discussed. In addition, implications of these findings for future research are presented.