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Traditional Masculinity and Alcohol: Increasing and Decreasing Risks

Dr. Derek Iwamoto identifies the links between traditional aspects of masculinity and risky patterns of alcohol consumption. Men consume significantly higher amounts of alcohol, and report higher frequencies of
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Why don’t men seek therapy? Masculinity.

Dr. Christopher Kilmartin describes ways in which typical male socialization prevents men from seeking the help they need. Scene one: an 8 year old child comes home from school and says, “The other kids are p
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Postpartum Depression: A Tough Reality for Fathers

Dr. Anthony Isacco discusses the reality of postpartum depression for fathers and reasons this is often overlooked There are over 70 million fathers in the United States. Most of those 70 million fathers will
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Men’s Mental Health and Gender Role Conflict: A Call to Action

Dr. Jim O’Neil explains the negative effects of trying to live out cultural notions of masculinity and what we can do about it. My approach to understanding men’s mental health has been to do research o
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Energy Drinks + Traditional Masculinity = Sleep problems?

Drs. Ron Levant and Mike Parent discuss the negative effects of energy drinks and the traditionally masculine men who drink them. Energy drinks are growing in popularity. In 2011, sales of energy drink beverage
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How to Help Men Feel Good about Couples Therapy

Drs. David Shepard and Michele Harway identify 5 strategies designed to help men feel comfortable in couples therapy. Couples therapy is the treatment of choice for distressed couples, but success rates are les
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Men’s Body Image and the Muscular Ideal

Dr. Don McCreary provides an overview of research on men’s drive for muscularity.  Prior to the year 2000, men were largely absent from both social and clinical discussions about body image concerns. The
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Reflections on the 9-11 Firehouse Project

Dr. Warren Spielberg discusses death, grief, mourning, and coping among firefighters who responded to the WTC attack on September 11, 2001. This paper describes my year as a consulting psychologist attached to
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Loneliness, Emotional Vulnerability, and Connection: One Man’s Therapy Story

Dr. Larry Beer describes one man’s struggle to overcome his longstanding feelings of loneliness.  The pain of loneliness. The fear of being vulnerable. These are common feelings that many of the men who
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The Healing Power of Compassion

Dr. Edward Adams describes how therapists and other professionals can use compassion and self-compassion to help their clients. Ben was a wounded man. His wife divorced him to marry her lover and moved far awa