Traditional Masculinity Can Hurt Boys, Say New APA Guidelines

January 18, 2019

News Type:  Weekly Spark, Weekly Spark News

The New York Times

The American Psychological Association has released its first-ever practice guidelines on boys and men. Designed to help mental health clinicians address the unique needs of male clients, the guidelines say that traditional masculinity can be harmful to men’s health. For example, males who are taught to hide their emotions may be less likely to receive help when they are struggling. Fredric Rabinowitz, a lead writer and University of Redlands psychology professor, said that the guidelines aim to help men lead richer, healthier lives. “We see that men have higher suicide rates, men have more cardiovascular disease and men are lonelier as they get older,” Rabinowitz said. “We’re trying to help men by expanding their emotional repertoire, not trying to take away the strengths that men have.”

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