Should Therapists and Coaches Be Doing More to Help Their Male Clients?
Psychology as a profession has been very slow to address the issues raised by differences in how men respond to both therapy and positive interventions. Outcomes for boys and men in society are significantly poorer than for women in a number of areas. They perform significantly more poorly in school. They are 11 times as likely to die of a work-related accident . Mothers retain sole custody of children after divorce in 90% of all divorces . They have shorter life expectancy, and, at the far end of dysfunctional outcomes, suicide more often. And, yet, psychologists and coaches are often unwilling to admit and adapt to differences in how men approach and respond to therapy and coaching. We suffer from "gender blindness" - a difficulty acknowledging differences connected to gender. We must change so that therapy and coaching can be more male friendly and help men improve wellbeing as well as avoid the most seriously negative outcomes.
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