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From childhood onward men appear to be at risk Infant males are likely to undergo complications during labor and delivery andto have birth defects Boys often manifest behavioraldifficulties and learning disabilities in elementary school Byeighth grade boys are only half as likely as girls to aspire to bea professional or career person; boys are nine times likely tosuffer from hyperactivity and than twice as likely to besuspended from school Men are less likely to attend college andorgraduate school than women Compared to young women young men arefour times likely to be victims of homicide and five times likely to kill themselvesMen suffer under a code of masculinity that reuires them to be aggressive dominant achievement oriented competitive rigidlyself sufficient adventure seeking willing to take risks emotionally restricted and constituted to avoid all thingsperceived as 'feminine' Such a code is bound to take a toll onmen's longevity The average life expectancy for males in theUnited States is seven years shorter than that for womenTraditional male role traits inhibit men from seeking medical helpin the early stages of disease and from being sufficiently attunedto their own internal processes to detect early warnings ofillness from the IntroductionSlowly the truth emerges In a society in which men are expectedto be strong independent aggressive and impervious to emotionalstress boys are nine times likely than girls to suffer fromhyperactivity young men are five times likely to commitsuicide than young women and men have far higher rates ofsubstance abuse and antisocial personality disorder than womenClearly many men are in need of psychological treatment andpsychotherapy Ironically however the very ualities that areresponsible for many of their emotional and behavioral difficultiesmake it much difficult for men to admit they have problems seek professional help or have faith in the efficacy oftreatmentIn New Psychotherapy for Men leading figures in the field of men'spsychology explore the psychological sources of men's emotionaldifficulties and offer specific techniues to help therapistsovercome men's resistance to therapy With the help of full lengthcase studies they trace the sources of emotional and psychologicaldisturbances in men and present new models for assessing andtreating men's uniue emotional difficulties This book illuminatesthe unhealthy aspects of masculinity through the lens of genderrole strain creating state of the art gender specific treatmentsfor menMajor issues addressed in New Psychotherapy for Men include Reluctant men in couples therapy Group therapy for traditional men Gender role strain in the family system Recognizing and treating depression in men Men's shame and trauma in therapy Gender role strain as a factor in male impotence Treating male violence Helping men find a voice for their feelings Adapting psychodynamic therapy for menThis book also takes a multicultural perspective discussing thespecial problems of anger and stress experienced by AfricanAmerican men psychotherapy for gay men and the difficulties thatcan arise when a female therapist treats a male patientGroundbreaking broad in scope and infused with countlesspractical suggestions New Psychotherapy for Men is anextraordinarily helpful guide for all mental health professionalswho deal with men It is also an excellent graduate level text offering today's students a rich fully developed body of newknowledge with which to begin their careers


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