Date of Award

4-16-2010

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)

Committee Chair

Lisa Christiansen, Psy.D.

Second Advisor

Tracey Hoffman, Psy.D.

Third Advisor

Michel Hersen, Ph.D., ABPP

Abstract

This study was an exploratory attempt to increase the information on the experience of males with Agoraphobia to help build hypotheses about the reasons for the discrepancy between the prevalence and incidence rates between males and females. Six adult male participants completed interviews consisting of questions that were developed to explore this topic. The results indicate that for males who cope with Agoraphobia, fears about the world, trustworthiness of others, and conflict between their worldview and societal expectations of the male experience impacted their experience of themselves and their diagnosis. The results suggest that more research needs to be completed on the clinical presentation of males with Agoraphobia, and suggests that opening a societal dialogue about Agoraphobia and the availability of treatment resources may have a positive impact on reaching this population.

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