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High-quality and accessible mental health services, though integral to general health and well-being, continue to be overlooked and underfunded by society and especially to the detriment of people of color. A population that experiences notable difficulty accessing services and engaging in therapy due to stigma, discrimination, and resistance to he...
https://doi.apa.org/doiLanding?doi=10.1037%2Fmen0000318 - Despite historical shifts in some parts of the world indicating greater openness to more fluid and less restrictive notions of “manhood,” boys continue to experience significant pressures to conform to dominant masculine norms through policing of masculinity. The Policing of Masculinity Sca...
Throughout the United States and around the world, boys are socialized to be men through a rigid set of prescriptive and proscriptive masculinity rules called the Guy Code. While not all boys adhere to the teachings of the Guy Code, such as be powerful and tough, hide vulnerable emotions, and be a player, they all are exposed through dominant mascu...
Decades of masculinity research have concluded that society places higher demands on males to adhere to norms for low emotional expression; yet, countless studies find that emotional expression is integral to well-being. Unfortunately, this contradiction places boys and men in a tenuous position as they must navigate a bombardment of societal messa...
The present study investigates the importance of emotional disclosure and vulnerability in the production of hegemonic masculinities. Of particular interest is the role that silence and invisibility play in how men talk about recent stressful life events. One-on-one interviews with men who experienced a stressful life event in the past year illustr...
As a normative and context-dependent social process, policing of masculinity (POM) differentially impacts adolescent boys and operates as a primary gender socialization mechanism as they navigate adolescence. POM can be understood as any action that serves to prevent or punish behavior perceived as insufficiently masculine based on contextually sit...
Dr. Pollastri has a particular interest in the effects of the urban environment, including urban stress and urban norms for expression, on adolescent youth adjustment.
A scale that measures three aspects of policing of masculinity (POM) in adolescent boys (agent, target, and emotional impact). POM is any behavior that serves to communicate the perception that a boy or man's behavior is inappropriate for the context (in line with dominant masculine norms).