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Boys to Men: African Male Initiation Rites into Manhood

  Dr. Martin Wong discusses the components and functions of male initiation rites in Africa as part of a special section In the classic mythical male coming of age tale, Parsifal leaves his mother behind
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Male initiation rites: Introduction to a Special Focus Section

What does it mean to be recognized as a man? Dr. Martin Wong raises important questions about male initiation rites. What makes me a man? It wasn’t until I was about forty- two years old that I finally figure
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Self-Generated Initiation in the Clinical Hour

Dan Quinn discusses the similarities between traditional initiation rites and the therapeutic process as part of a special section Throughout the world, as far back as our history can reach, village shamans an
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Initiation in Modern (or Post-Modern) Life

Edvard Munch “The Scream” 1893 Dr. Ed Tejirian ponders what needs male initiation rituals might fill in 21st Century America as part of a special section Reflecting on my years of doing psychothera
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In Defense of Fatherhood

Dr. Mitchell Hicks challenges modern myths related to fatherhood.  During a recent shopping excursion, I accompanied my wife as she browsed in a maternity store. In reality, I was letting her shop while I ma
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Dying Not to Stand Out: Asian Americans Dying Unnecessarily

Dr. Gordon Hall examines the way stereotypes may interfere with preventative health measures and proposes improvements.  The leading cause of death for men in the U.S. is heart disease. But for Asian America
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Social Isolation and Cultural Change

Dr. Mitchell Hicks examines cultural changes related to feminism and technology that have led to higher rates of social isolation. In the June 23rd edition of the New York Times, a headline proclaimed that a ne
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Three Ways Modern Technology Increases the Likelihood of PTSD Among Veterans

Dr. Andrew Smiler says technological changes have eliminated the time American soldiers need to re-adjust to being home. Over the last decade or so, the American public’s appreciation for soldiers has general
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The Unique Roles and Treatment Needs of Military Medics and Corpsmen

Dr. Matthew Jakupcak discusses the ways masculine norms vary among a subgroup of military service members and the implications for therapy. Masculinity is a multidimensional construct and men vary considerably
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Culturally Competent Care for Male Veterans

Dr. Duncan Shields discusses the importance of providing of culturally competent care for male Veterans. The foundation for effective work with Veterans who identify with restrictive masculine norms, as with w