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Men’s Issues and Men’s Mental Health

An Introductory Primer

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  • Focuses on men's mental health and men's issues that are growing in importance and have increasing societal prominence
  • Takes a public health/social determinants transdisciplinary approach, making a unique argument
  • Addresses a gap in the literature as there are no recent nor "classic" texts focused on men’s mental health

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Traditionally, men’s mental health woes have been attributed to male stubbornness and rigid notions of masculinity. However, there is growing recognition that mental health issues in men are socially determined by a range of factors including family, educational, occupational, and legal issues. These and a variety of other social issues have been collectively labelled ‘men’s issues’ and are being increasingly linked to negative men’s mental health outcomes. This book gives an overview of men’s mental health as well as related men’s issues, adopting a public-health-inspired approach examining the research linking social exposures and mental health outcomes. The book is unique in that it synthesizes and explores men’s issues, men’s mental health, and social determinants in a holistic and integrated manner through assessment of the social scientific and psychiatric literature.

In this book, the author discusses the social determinants of men’s mental health and accompanying psychosocial interventions, moving beyond one-dimensional discussions of masculinity. Among the topics covered are:

  • The Social Determinants of Male Suicide
  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in Young Males: The Medicalization of Boyhood?
  • Why Do Men Have Low Rates of Formal Mental Health Service Utilization? An Analysis of Social and Systemic Barriers to Care, and Discussion of Promising Male-Friendly Practices
  • The Gender Gap in Education: Understanding Educational Underachievement in Young Males and its Relationship to Adverse Mental Health
  • Employment, Unemployment and Workplace Issues in Relation to Men’s Mental Health

Men’s Issues and Men’s Mental Health: An Introductory Primer is essential reading for healthcare practitioners and social service providers including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, counsellors, teachers, charity workers, health promotion specialists, and public health officers. It is also a useful text for graduate and advanced undergraduate students in health care, social services, public health, epidemiology and social sciences, particularly sociology, psychology, and gender studies. Finally, the book can be read and understood by an intelligent lay reader, making it accessible for the wider public.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Douglas Research Centre, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

    Rob Whitley

About the author

Rob Whitley, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, McGill University, and a Research Scientist at the Douglas Research Centre. He is also an Honorary Principal Fellow at the University of Melbourne, and has held honorary appointments at King’s College London, Dartmouth Medical School (New Hampshire) and Howard University (Washington, DC). He has published over 125 academic papers in the field of social and cultural psychiatry, and has written over 100 mental health-related articles for lay audiences in diverse venues including Psychology Today, the HuffPost, the Montreal Gazette, the Vancouver Sun and the National Post. Whitley is also a video-producer and film-maker, and has produced several documentaries and short fictional films related to men’s mental health that have been featured in film festivals across North America. His research has been financially supported by a variety of public and private funding bodiesincluding the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Mental Health Commission of Canada, Veterans Affairs Canada and Movember. He is currently a Fonds de recherche du Québec-Santé Senior Research Scholar

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