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APA issues first-ever guidelines for practice with men and boys:


"The main thrust of the subsequent research is that traditional masculinity—marked by stoicism, competitiveness, dominance and aggression—is, on the whole, harmful. Men socialized in this way are less likely to engage in healthy behaviors. For example, a 2011 study led by Kristen Springer, PhD, of Rutgers University, found that men with the strongest beliefs about masculinity were only half as likely as men with more moderate masculine beliefs to get preventive health care (Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Vol. 52, No. 2). And in 2007, researchers led by James Mahalik, PhD, of Boston College, found that the more men conformed to masculine norms, the more likely they were to consider as normal risky health behaviors such as heavy drinking, using tobacco and avoiding vegetables, and to engage in these risky behaviors themselves (Social Science and Medicine, Vol. 64, No. 11)."

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"traditional masculinity is psychologically harmful" "address these problems in boys and men"

Is it? And how would one define 'traditional masculinity'? Isn't that definition by itself a stereotype? Is the problem really just 'traditional masculinity' by itself?

Job security?

I'm not sure I'm understand your point.

@Meili The article makes some assumptions and leaps of logic. It approaches the conceived problem with a very narrow focus that assumes the contribution of other factors is negligible.

@beenthere Gotcha. I find that sort of thing everywhere so I've just gotten used to viewing everything through that lens. I think the general premise is interesting and worth discussing.


It must be really difficult for men these days, and so confusing. Who do they look up to and emulate? Are there any good role models for them? Women seem to forge ahead but men are left behind.


Ugh. "Avoiding vegetables": can confirm. 😟

My lads eat anything and everything. They love veg and fish.

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