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Men's Studies Association: 21st Annual Meeting
October 28, 2009 – Portland State University, Portland, OR
Males, Masculinity, and Suicide
John T. Casey, Ph.D., LCSW, Kaiser Permanente Department of Mental Health, Portland, OR
ABSTRACT - Suicide completion in the United States is a public health problem that claims over 30,000 lives annually. Most of these suicide victims are white males who die by firearm, and who typically are not taking antidepressant medication and are not involved in mental health treatment at the time of death. Depression is closely linked to suicide death, and treatment for depression is provided mainly within primary health care settings. A grounded theory approach explored the contradiction that males in the U.S. complete suicide four times as often as females, yet females are diagnosed with depression twice as often as males. This study is guided by the proposition that gender roles are socially constructed, and it is shown that common masculine gender-role stereotypes influence males’ sense of self in ways that can limit their ability to engage with others in times of need, and consequently increase their risk for depression and suicide. The influence of shame and violence on suicide completion involving males is also reviewed.
Promoting Positive Partnering and Parenting During Pregnancy
ABSTRACT - This presentation examines the potential for preventive interventions directed towards fathers-to-be during pregnancy. Men's abusive behavior during pregnancy and just after childbirth pregnancy may have profound
A Review of This Year’s Research in Men’s Studies II: What Can the Abstracts Tell Us?
ABSTRACT – A look at trends, issues and interesting tidbits gleaned from a review of research published in three leading men’s studies journals—The Journal of Men’s Studies, Men & Masculinities and Psychology of Men and Masculinity. Findings are compared and contrasted with the results of a similar review of last year’s research.