Honors College Theses

Publication Date



Psychology (B.S.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

Faculty Mentor

Nicolette Rickert


The current study examined the differences in experiences of depression and anxiety, symptoms, and help-seeking behaviors between males and females. The importance of this research was to better understand the impact that sex has on how individuals are affected by and live with mental illnesses like depression and anxiety. Participants took an online survey that asked them a series of questions about their experiences with mental illness, their perceptions of mental illness, and their ideas toward mental health assistance. T-test analyses and correlations were conducted in order to better understand how males and females differ when it comes to mental illness. The findings can help provide new insights into how care should be fine-tuned for males and for females, and how the best and most effective help can be provided to those who suffer from depression and anxiety.

Thesis Summary

This thesis examined the differences between males and females when it came to their experiences with, and attitudes toward mental health and mental illness.

Included in

Psychology Commons