The Palgrave Handbook of Male Psychology and Mental Health

  • John A. Barry
  • Roger Kingerlee
  • Martin Seager
  • Luke Sullivan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xl
  2. Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Robin Hadley
      Pages 47-66
    3. Rod Eldridge, Edward Fraser
      Pages 267-288
  3. Practice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 289-289
    2. Patricia van Wijngaarden-Cremers
      Pages 309-330
    3. Peter Cairns, Lawrence Howells
      Pages 351-368
    4. Clare Holt, Sally Zlotowitz, Olive Moloney, Mark Chentite
      Pages 369-396
    5. June S. L. Brown, Ilyas Sagar-Ouriaghli, Luke Sullivan
      Pages 397-415
    6. Joanna Smith, Sunil Lad, Syd Hiskey
      Pages 483-507
    7. Roger Kingerlee, Jane Cawdron, Conrad Barnard
      Pages 509-531
    8. Ruth MacQueen, Paul Fisher
      Pages 601-622
    9. Roger Kingerlee, Gabriel Abotsie, Andrew Fisk, Luke Woodley
      Pages 647-669
    10. Louise Liddon, Roger Kingerlee, Martin Seager, John A. Barry
      Pages 671-694
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 695-715

About this book


This Handbook represents the first concerted effort to understand male mental health in a way that facilitates a positive step forward in both theory and treatment. An alarming number of men experience serious mental health issues, as demonstrated by high rates of suicide and violent offending. Despite these problems, the study of male psychology has either been overlooked, or viewed as a problem of defective masculinity. This handbook brings together experts from across the world to discuss men’s mental health, from prenatal development, through childhood, adolescence, and fatherhood. Men and masculinity are explored from multiple perspectives including evolutionary, cross-cultural, cognitive, biological, developmental, and existential viewpoints, with a focus on practical suggestions and demonstrations of successful clinical work with men.

Throughout, chapters question existing models of understanding and treating men’s mental health and explore new approaches, theories and interventions. This definitive handbook encapsulates a new wave of positive theory and practice in the field of male psychology and will be of great value to professionals, academics, and those working with males through the lifespan in any sector related to male mental health and wellbeing. 

John Barry is a chartered psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, Honorary Lecturer in Psychology at University College London, UK. He is co-founder of the Male Psychology Network, and the Male Psychology Section of the British Psychological Society. 

Roger Kingerlee is a consultant clinical psychologist and EMDR consultant at the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. Dr Kingerlee specialises in male and veteran psychologies and complex trauma. He is co-writer of the Veterans' Stabilisation Programme with The Walnut Tree Project, and a member of the Male Psychology Network.

Martin Seager is a consultant clinical psychologist with the UK charity Change, Grow, Live. He spent over 30 years as a senior clinician, supervisor and manager in the NHS. He is a writer, lecturer, broadcaster and activist in the mental health field and co-founder of the Male Psychology Network, and the Male Psychology Section of the British Psychological Society.

Luke Sullivan is a clinical psychologist. He is the founder of Men’s Minds Matter, and also works for South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, specialising in psychological crisis interventions for people at risk of suicide. He is a committee member of the National Suicide Prevention Alliance and co-founder of the BPS Male Psychology Section.


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Editors and affiliations

  • John A. Barry
    • 1
  • Roger Kingerlee
    • 2
  • Martin Seager
    • 3
  • Luke Sullivan
    • 4
  1. 1.UCL LondonUK
  2. 2.Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation TrustWymondhamUK
  3. 3.Change, Grow, LiveDagenham/SouthendUK
  4. 4.Community Interest CompanyMen’s Minds MatterLondonUK

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