Mapping men's mental health.
The central theme of this paper is that men are at one and the same time both damaged and damage-doing.
The process of being damaged through the agency of masculinity predisposes men to exploit, dominate and abuse-not only as boys, as partners and fathers, but as priests, teachers, therapists, lawyers, nurses, psychologists and psychiatrists.
Mental health services need to see both aspects of this male equation : a focus on male abuse alone leads to punishment, containment and, very likely, the continuation of abuse ; a focus on male damagedness alone preserves the ideology of male unaccountability.
However, evidence reviewed here suggests that most traditional psychiatric services fail to acknowledge the impact of inequalities on men's mental health as comprehensively as they fail to acknowledge the impact of these inequalities on the mental health of women.
This is a significant problem, and we suggest ways that a gendered analysis of masculinity can be used to help address this deficit.
This analysis is used to develop a map of men's mental health that not only accommodates traditional categories of mental health difficulty, but other important consequences of the close association between masculinity and sexuality inequality, especially the use of violence and the capacity to do harm. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Service santé, Santé mentale, Féminité masculinité, Rôle sexuel, Trouble psychiatrique, Mâle, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Health service, Mental health, Feminity masculinity, Sex role, Mental disorder, Male, Human
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0134255
Code Inist : 002B18H05B. Création : 21/05/1997.