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Gay, Irish, human rights advocate. Much therapeutic experience working with men who are suicidal, self-harming or otherwise traumatised. Doing my PhD on men's emotional problems,their help-seeking behaviours and what happens when they actually seek help. A long-term, pro-active interest in preventing child abuse and supporting the adult survivors of such abuse.
Who would have thought that men put so much thought into not ordering fish but steak, bangers and mash but not strawberries and cream? Gal and Wilkie (2010) say more please and many men end up with perpetual tummy ache.... Read more »
Gal, D., & Wilkie, J. (2010) Real Men Don't Eat Quiche: Regulation of Gender-Expressive Choices by Men. Social Psychological and Personality Science. DOI: 10.1177/1948550610365003
Gast and Peak (2010) think that 'masculine gender scripts' seriously frustrate men from seeking help for their health problems. ... Read more »
Gast J, & Peak T. (2010) "It Used to Be That if It Weren't Broken and Bleeding Profusely, I Would Never Go to the Doctor": Men, Masculinity, and Health. American journal of men's health. PMID: 20798142
Margaret Alston (2010) commits positivist heresy by daring to suggest that men on the land might kill themselves because of the very same masculine ideals which we all so much adore.... Read more »
A slightly convoluted but ultimately worthwhile study by Zhao et al. (2010), in which they both challenge the proposition that same-sex attraction leads to greater suicide risk, as well as plead with us all to stop thinking of GLB (their term) and its numerous alternatives, as one enormous homogenised blob. Their word of choice is 'oversimplify' (p.105).
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Zhao, Y., Montoro, R., Igartua, K., & Thombs, B. (2010) Suicidal Ideation and Attempt Among Adolescents Reporting “Unsure” Sexual Identity or Heterosexual Identity Plus Same-Sex Attraction or Behavior: Forgotten Groups?. Journal of the American Academy of Child , 49(2), 104-113. DOI: 10.1097/00004583-201002000-00004
By drawing on a big sample from the US (circa 10,000 punters), the astonishing conclusion was reached by del Giudice et al. (2012) that there are 'extremely large' sex-based differences in personality. Now this revolutionary news upsets the alternative view, that is, that men and women are not that psychologically different, really. If men are truly born stuck with a dodgy set of personality traits, what does that mean for our bad behaviours?... Read more »
Del Giudice M, Booth T, & Irwing P. (2012) The distance between Mars and venus: measuring global sex differences in personality. PloS one, 7(1). PMID: 22238596
It would seem that overt acts of homophobic violence on campus might be in decline, replaced by a more insidious form of 'antigay' violence. In this study by Jewell and Morrison (2010), they ponder why it is that straight Canadian university students can hold, if not necessarily express, their homophobic attitudes.... Read more »
Jewell, L., & Morrison, M. (2010) "But There's a Million Jokes About Everybody . . .": Prevalence of, and Reasons for, Directing Negative Behaviors Toward Gay Men on a Canadian University Campus. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 25(11), 2094-2112. DOI: 10.1177/0886260509354499
While there is nothing really that new about the results gleaned by Carr et al. (2010) in their study of 247 adult survivors of institutional clerical abuse in Ireland, they do expand upon what is a surprisingly limited body of knowledge about ‘why’ this particular form of abuse lays waste to so many of its victims in such a hideous fashion. ... Read more »
Carr, A., Dooley, B., Fitzpatrick, M., Flanagan, E., Flanagan-Howard, R., Tierney, K., White, M., Daly, M., & Egan, J. (2010) Adult adjustment of survivors of institutional child abuse in Ireland☆. Child Abuse , 34(7), 477-489. DOI: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2009.11.003
Jacobs and Cohen (2009) worry that the DSM-V-TR pounds individual agency into submission, laying waste to personal stories and replacing them with generic yet unproven diagnostic labels.... Read more »
Jacobs, D., & Cohen, D. (2009) Does "Psychological Dysfunction" Mean Anything? A Critical Essay on Pathology Versus Agency. Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 50(3), 312-334. DOI: 10.1177/0022167809352008
Only briefly (at p.269) does Levine (2010) get close to why it is we can live in an era when hyper-sexuality in men is at once constructed as a terrible addiction and a masculine ideal. The great relief is that most men are not really sexually 'sick' at all.... Read more »
Why do most of us assume that it is necessarily a bad thing for men to resist treatment for their alleged depression? And why is it that when Rochlen et al. (2009) call for more men to accept such treatment, I immediately respond, why?... Read more »
Rochlen, A., Paterniti, D., Epstein, R., Duberstein, P., Willeford, L., & Kravitz, R. (2009) Barriers in Diagnosing and Treating Men With Depression: A Focus Group Report. American Journal of Men's Health, 4(2), 167-175. DOI: 10.1177/1557988309335823
Douglas and Walsh (2010) paint a not so pretty picture of what child protection workers think about their clients, particularly those battered mothers entangled in what are usually, extraordinarily complicated dynamics. The authors suggest several possible improvements, including better worker supervision, tougher police interventions, and more holistic service delivery for victims and their children.
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If you look at narcissism as being driven by men with fragile egos who act ever so defensively to hide the shame within you, in common with Reinhard et al. (2012), would have no trouble in claiming that the resultant defensiveness would lead to a rise in cortisol levels. However, cortisol is a chemical associated with many human emotions, from fear to rage, and narcissism is a troubled personality trait to which even the decidedly catholic DSM-V wants to bar entry...... Read more »
Reinhard, D., Konrath, S., Lopez, W. . (2012) Expansive Egos: Narcissistic Males Have Higher Cortisol. PLOS One, 7(1). info:/
Zietsch et al. (2012) argue that the 'dominant' minority stress explanation for why gay men are so depressed cannot explain how even in enlightened countries such as Norway, gay men remain so painfully low. Alternatively, they suggest a common but, as yet, not properly defined combination of etiological factors that cause both homosexuality and mental illness.... Read more »
Zietsch BP, Verweij KJ, Heath AC, Madden PA, Martin NG, Nelson EC, & Lynskey MT. (2012) Do shared etiological factors contribute to the relationship between sexual orientation and depression?. Psychological medicine, 42(3), 521-32. PMID: 21867592
A brief overview by West et al. (2010) on mental illness stigma, in which the authors call for more focused research to improve understanding of this most unpalatable social problem.... Read more »
Many men who commit suicide could be described as impulsive and in terms of what they seemingly, actually responded to, over the top. Shniedman (1993)called it 'psychache'. Here, Coleman et al. (2011) draw from Baumeister's 'escape theory' to jam together impulsivity, alcohol misuse and lots and lots of anger to conclude that many suicidal men get stuck on a thought, that is, the thought that they must die. Supposedly, this painted into a bad corner montage was inspired by traditional male gender roles.... Read more »
Coleman, D., Kaplan, M., & Casey, J. (2011) The Social Nature of Male Suicide: A New Analytic Model. International Journal of Men's Health, 10(3), 240-252. DOI: 10.3149/jmh.1003.240
Mehl et al. (2010) have started to tease out the possibility that deeper, more thoughtful conversations lead to greater happiness. I can't help thinking what this might mean for men, since most of us were raised on the masculine ideal that bland small-talk is the only way to go.... Read more »
Mehl, M., Vazire, S., Holleran, S., & Clark, C. (2010) Eavesdropping on Happiness: Well-Being Is Related to Having Less Small Talk and More Substantive Conversations. Psychological Science. DOI: 10.1177/0956797610362675
MacLean (2010) confirms that combat veterans can be disabled for life by their battlefield experiences, regardless of whatever 'pre-combat characteristics' they might have possessed.... Read more »
MacLean, A. (2010) The Things They Carry: Combat, Disability, and Unemployment among U.S. Men. American Sociological Review, 75(4), 563-585. DOI: 10.1177/0003122410374085
Tedstone Doherty and Kartalova-O'Doherty (2010) call for a 'gender sensitive approach' to mental health policies, promotion, and prevention. They base this strategy on their findings that men 'do' help-seeking differently to women and that we need to take account of this gender split when planning services, et al. ... Read more »
Tedstone Doherty, D., & Kartalova-O'Doherty, Y. (2010) Gender and self-reported mental health problems: Predictors of help seeking from a general practitioner. British Journal of Health Psychology, 15(1), 213-228. DOI: 10.1348/135910709X457423
We sometimes have to hit rockbottom before we realise how really wrong we are getting something. In that light, it goes without saying that harsh behaviours and attitudes thrust upon gay men by health professionals and others have been super resistant to positive change. Still, hope springs eternal and Isacco et al. (2012) start at the start by advocating for a process of evidence-based, critical inquiry.... Read more »
Isacco, A., Yallum, N., & Chromik, L. (2011) A Review of Gay Men's Health: Challenges, Strengths, and Interventions. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, 6(1), 45-62. DOI: 10.1177/1559827611402580
Humphries (2010) explores how real world eventualities clashed with sociocultural and economic imperatives to create the great denial that soldiers fighting in the Great War had not been traumatised by their experiences.... Read more »
Humphries M. (2010) War’s Long Shadow: Masculinity, Medicine, and the Gendered Politics of Trauma, 1914-1939. The Canadian historical review, 91(3), 503-31. PMID: 20857589
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