The few available books that deal specifically with men's issues tend to lack a central theoretical focus, are highly psychoanalytic in content, or simply do not provide specific guidelines for working with men. This unique and timely volume fills an important gap in the literature by demonstrating why change is often so difficult for them. It provides detailed guidelines for helping men initiate and sustain change in their personal, familial, and professional lives. The authors' approach is an integration of several theoretical schools including family systems, humanistic, experiential, and psychoeducational models. Using a psychosocial lens, they take men as individuals into account while examining the different roles males occupy as parents, husbands, workers, and friends. Separate chapters illustrate how each of these roles challenges men to confront many of the traditional and stereotypical messages that they have internalized from boyhood. The wide range of resulting problems--including depression, relationship conflicts, workaholism, and parenting difficulties--are discussed in relation to specific strategies which clinicians can employ to ameliorate them. Throughout, the authors use clinical vignettes and case examples to illustrate the ways practitioners can engage men and help them discover rewards of emotional vulnerability.
"It will be helpful in understanding a strategy for changing male behavior." --Duncan Smith, Brown University; Course: Representation of Masculin .,."Meth, Pasick and their group deserve all the more praise for their balanced solidity, practical advice for therapists and adherence to a systemic view of the issues. They have thought about the specific issues therapists face when working with men, they have tried interventions and they have collected their experiences. The reader can sense the conversations the authors had with each other....The reader will find practical guidance and encouraging suggestions regarding the treatment of men....Here is an outstanding beginning that bodes well for future work on overcoming our socially constructed and deeply embedded gender blindness in therapy." --"Child and Family Behavior Therapy"
"Amidst the women's movement and the children's movement and the concern for the elderly, [the authors] are making a plea for the average guy--the man left behind and bewildered by society's rapid changes, and who is often blamed for a complex and restrictive system that was in place eons before he was born....The popular press, in general, makes fun of the Alan Alda/sensitive males discussions that are pervasive in so many therapeutic environments. Big boys, after all, don't cry....Now, [the authors say] big boys better learn to cry--and laugh and talk about their feelings." --"The Hartford Courant"
"He works hard, competes hard and takes pride in his logic, emotional detachment, and strength. He's nonplussed when his mate accuses him of being emotionally closed off and unexpressive. Recognize him? He the archtypical male--a figure increasingly beleagered by women's demands that he share more in domestic life, and by his own uneasy feeling that he might be missing something....Freeing men fromnarrowly defined notions of masculinity is the focus of "Men in Therapy,"" --"Ann Arbor News"
Series: The Guilford Family Therapy
Number Of Pages: 284
Published: 18th October 1991
Publisher: Guilford Publications
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88
Weight (kg): 0.45