In the latest edition of Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, June Feder, Ronald F. Levant and James Dean explore the impact of traditional masculine socialisation experiences on youth violence. Here’s the abstract:
This article discusses the phenomenon of youth violence from a psychology of gender perspective. Although other factors are discussed–including gun availability, violence-related media influence, family and caretaker factors, and effects of teasing and bullying–the intention is to highlight new thinking on the potential relationship between boys’ traditional masculine socialization experiences and violence. In this new perspective, traditional masculine socialization estranges and isolates many boys from their genuine inner lives and vital connections to others, which is theorized to heighten their risk of engaging in acts of violence. The authors identify school and community programs that may be helpful in counteracting damaging socialization experiences and supporting boys’ healthier emotional and psychological development. Finally, the article discusses approaches that psychologists and other mental health professionals can use to help address this vital issue.
- June Feder, Ronald F. Levant and James Dean (2007). Boys and violence: A gender-informed analysis. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. Vol 38(4): 385-391