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Perspectives in Male Psychology

An Introduction

Liddon, Louise / Barry, John (Herausgeber)

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1. Auflage Mai 2021
400 Seiten, Softcover
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PERSPECTIVES IN MALE PSYCHOLOGY

Discover a balanced perspective on men's psychology in this accessible new resource

Male psychology is a new field within the discipline of psychology, which focuses on men and boys. Male psychology moves us towards a more scientific and balanced understanding of the ­psychology of men and of boys, drawing on a range of perspectives, and away from an overreliance on social constructionism and preoccupations with notions such as patriarchy and privilege, too often seen in the narrative about men.

In Perspectives in Male Psychology: An Introduction, two of the most prominent authors in this new field, Louise Liddon and John Barry, introduce and deliver an insightful exploration of some of today's most hotly contested issues regarding men and masculinity.

This book puts forward a balanced perspective that has been missing from academic and media narratives around topics such as child development, education, sport and exercise, the workplace, crime, the military, health and wellbeing, mental health, therapy, masculinity, and sex differences, and considers the role that evolution, biology, and culture play in shaping male behavior.

This book will also help readers to better understand some key issues such as:
* Why there are controversies around sex differences research
* How bias in research has led to a distorted view of the psychology of men and boys
* The ways in which the mental health and other needs of men and boys are routinely overlooked

In turn this helps us ask some important questions such as:
* If there are more similarities than differences between men and women, does that mean the differences are unimportant?
* How can we un-distort our understanding of men and masculinity?
* What are the best ways of identifying and meeting the psychological needs of men and boys?

Readers, whether students or lecturers, will also benefit from the inclusion of our companion Wiley website containing additional resources to support the development of knowledge and understanding of male psychology.

Perfect for undergraduate and graduate students in psychology, medicine, and sociology, as well as established professionals in these and related fields, Perspectives in Male Psychology: An Introduction will also earn a place in the libraries of anyone interested in the psychology of sex and gender differences in various aspects of mental health and human behaviour.

PART 1: An Introduction to Perspectives in male psychology

1. How to use this book effectively

PART 2: An Introduction to Male Psychology

2. Male Psychology: An Introduction

3. Studying Sex and Gender Differences: An introduction

PART 3: Male Psychology

4. Child Development

5. Education

6. Sports and Exercise

7. The Workplace

8. Forensics and Crime

9. The Military

10. Mental Health, Therapy and Support Services

11. Health and Wellbeing

12. Regarding Masculinity

PART 4: CONCLUDING REMARKS AND FINAL THOUGHTS

13. Conclusion
"This book offers a masterful overview of the various issues affecting male psychology and men's mental health. The detailed, thoughtful and meticulously-researched chapters are written in lively and accessible language, making this book valuable and relevant to clinicians and researchers, as well as others working with men and boys including teachers, sports coaches, religious ministers and the like. This book includes much innovative thinking about men's mental health, outlining underlying causes while offering positive prosocial solutions. The insightful conclusions stretch and enrich the current debates about men and boys' mental health, avoiding tired cliches about 'toxic masculinity' or 'patriarchy', instead taking a compassionate strengths-based approach to men's mental health. Ths book will hopfully herald a renewed and empathic approach to male psychology in academia, mental health services and society as a whole."
-Rob Whitley, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University, Canada.

"In the fast-changing world of identities, reliable guides are much needed. Liddon and Barry's book provides just that for male psychologies. Comprehensive, even-handed, and rigorous, Perspectives in Male Psychology will be essential reading for everyone working with men and masculinities across disciplines and professions. In their first-class introduction to this area, Liddon and Barry have provided a missing piece in the jigsaw of human psychology- and we are likely to be thankful to them for years to come."
-Dr. Roger Kingerlee, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust; Co-Editor, The Palgrave Handbook of Male Psychology and Mental Health

"If you think of this as a male-centered book, you will be surprised. A must-read for anyone interested in both male and female psychology, and for people who want to go beyond the simplistic political ideologies that usually find voice in the public sphere. It is just when we think about sex differences that we are equipped to address the challenges that men and women face in modern society. And Barry and Liddon do that masterfully, while presenting the most rigorous and recent scientific literature, and contributing to a much-needed consilience in the social sciences."
- Ricardo Lopes, Broadcaster specialising in interviews with thought leaders in social sciences.

"The fact that this book is so readable, user-friendly scientific, affordable etc. is very exciting in terms of it making a huge difference to attitudes and practices - this book should definitely go on the curricula of psychology courses and will be an important test of the scientific neutrality and inclusivity of those courses"
- Martin Seager, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, co-founder of the Male Psychology Section of the British Psychological Society


"The book is an excellent introduction to many different factors relevant to male psychology. I would love to be able to incorporate this as a core textbook on the modules I teach on. Every section gives so much inspiration for different research ideas, and a really important overview of the many ways in which male psychology is relevant, and why it is so needed. I think this will be eye opening to many people who are just starting out in this area, and I can't wait to see the other books in this series!"
- Rebecca Owens, Chartered Psychologist, Lecturer in Psychology, module leader of the Male Psychology undergraduate programme at the University of Sunderland, Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

"At a time when we hear a great deal about toxic masculinity but little about the extensive challenges to the basic well being of boys and men in contemporary Western culture, the importance of this comprehensive, synoptic text by John Barry and Louise Liddon cannot be exaggerated. The title itself is significant. This is not a set of reflections belonging to so-called men's studies but a systematically organized textbook of research findings on fundamental themes in the psychology of the male human being- of being male. On a broad range of themes, the authors invite broad reading, reflection, and constructive intervention wherever possible- in families, schools, mental health clinics and yes, the mass media- in order to not further neglect clear and obvious problems among males that need immediate addressing such as boys and adolescents who fail to launch, men who face the daunting challenges of fathering, aging males, and those boys and men whose lives have been deeply unsettled by the even more unsettling view of masculinity that now prevails in many areas of contemporary society. This is a serious book written by scientists and scholars with a breadth of knowledge and understanding of half our population."
-Miles Groth, PhD, Professor (Emeritus), Department of Psychology, Wagner College, New York

"The need to open up the world of male psychology and wellbeing in a thoughtful, mature and inclusive way has never been more important. Even more so as identity politics is sadly and unnecessarily becoming more heated and ideological by the day. It means it is becoming harder to get to the bottom of issues in an understandable, factual and scientific fashion.

This is why this book is such an absolute triumph and is highly recommended. It enables readers to easily start to get to grips with male psychology by describing the issues and impact they have very clearly and objectively. Once you get to the end of a chapter, it piques your interest so much that you either immediately read the next or you start to delve into the subject even deeper. An absolute must-read for those wanting to start to understand the psychology of men."
-Mark Brooks OBE, Chair of the ManKind Initiative charity and inclusion/equalities advisor.

"I highly recommend this book. It is invaluable to anyone interested in developing a science-based, rather than ideologically based, understanding of male psychology. It's an ethical and practical 'must read' '101' for all counseling and psychotherapy practitioners and trainees."
-Sue Parker Hall

"Barry and Liddon's new book is a vital handbook for students and practitioners alike, working with Men's issues in a psychological setting in a positive, affirmative and uplifting way."
-Jennie Cummings-Knight, MA, MABCP, PGCE, FHEA

"This is a much-needed introduction book for anyone interested in what makes men think and behave the way they do. It is a critically important and timely contribution to the wider literature on gender-related topics. The authors covers a wide range of relevant topics about boys and men, including child development, education, mental health and wellbeing, and more.

The book helps students and specialists alike to get an overview of the most important topics in the field of male psychology.

The authors have done an especially good job in making the text easy and enjoyable to read. The book is filled with fascinating and carefully referenced facts, spotlight boxes, and discussion points. What is particularly striking about this book is how the authors describe controversial issues with a nuanced tone and with a deep understanding of different viewpoints on approaches to studying and discussing masculinity. This makes the book particularly useful for psychology and social-sciences courses on male psychology and masculinit in the English-speaking world.

This is an essential read for both students and specialists alike."
-Gijsbert Stoet, Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Essex
LOUISE LIDDON is a researcher and author in the field of male psychology. In addition to Perspectives in Male Psychology, her work includes a chapter in the seminal and successful Palgrave Handbook of Male Psychology and Mental Health 'What are the factors that make a male-friendly therapy?' and a number of research papers such as 'Gender differences in preferences for psychological treatment, coping strategies, and triggers to help-seeking', published in the British Journal of Clinical Psychology and one of this journal's top 20 downloads since the paper was published in 2017. Louise, along with John Barry, is co-founder of The Centre for Male Psychology.

JOHN BARRY, PhD, is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS), Honorary Lecturer in psychology at University College London, clinical hypnotherapist, and author of around 70 peer-reviewed publications in psychology and health. His PhD with City University, London, was on the psychological aspects of polycystic ovary syndrome (2011). John co-founded the Men's Mental Health Research Team (2011), initiated the Male Psychology Network (2014), co-founded the Male Psychology Section of the BPS (2018), has been lead organiser of the Male Psychology Conference (2014-present) and co-editor of the Palgrave Handbook of Male Psychology and Mental Health (2019).

L. Liddon, The Centre for Male Psychology; J. Barry, The Centre for Male Psychology