Impacts of a Documentary about Masculinity and Men’s Health

Kylie King, Marisa Schlichthorst, Lennart Reifels, Louise Keogh, Matthew J. Spittal, Andrea Phelps, Jane Pirkis

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As part of a larger study, we developed a three-part documentary called Man Up that explored the relationship between masculinity, mental health, and suicide. In this study, we examine in detail the qualitative feedback provided by those who viewed Man Up, in order to gain a more in-depth understanding of its impact on them. A total of 169 participants provided qualitative feedback via an online survey 4 weeks after viewing Man Up. We examined their opinions about the show and whether they reported any changes in their attitudes and/or behaviors as a result of watching it. All the men who provided feedback on Man Up were overwhelmingly positive about it. The majority reported significant and profound impacts of viewing the documentary. They reported being more aware of others, more willing to help others, and more open about their emotions and problems, as well as demonstrating associated behavioral changes related to helping others and being more emotionally expressive. The data presented here demonstrate the potential for men’s health outcomes to be positively impacted by novel, media-based public health interventions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1604-1614
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Journal of Men's Health
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • behavioral issues
  • gender issues and sexual orientation
  • health-care issues
  • masculinity
  • mental health
  • public health
  • qualitative research
  • research
  • suicide

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