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‘Traditional masculinity’ and mental health: Experts call for gendered approach to treatment | ABC

‘Traditional masculinity’ and mental health: Experts call for gendered approach to treatment | ABC

Australia’s peak body for psychologists says it will consider developing new practice guidelines for psychologists working with boys and men after the American Psychological Association announced its own set of guidelines for the group last month.

The APA guidelines, which say that “traditional masculine ideology has been shown to limit males’ psychological development ‚Ķ and negatively influence mental health”, were designed to provide psychologists with an “evidence-based approach” for responding to the particular needs of boys and men.

“The guidelines support encouraging positive aspects of ‘traditional masculinity’, such as courage and leadership, and discarding traits such as violence and sexism, while noting that the vast majority of men are not violent,” the APA wrote on Twitter.

“Traits of so-called ‘traditional masculinity’, like suppressing emotions and masking distress, often start early in life and have been linked to less willingness by boys and men to seek help, more risk-taking and aggression ‚ÄĒ possibly harming themselves and those with whom they interact.”

Source: ‘Traditional masculinity’ and mental health: Experts call for gendered approach to treatment | ABC

 

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