Recommendations for male-friendly individual counseling with men: a qualitative systematic literature review for the period 1995–2016

Beel, Nathan and Jeffries, Carla and Brownlow, Charlotte and Winterbotham, Sonya and du Preez, Jan (2017) Recommendations for male-friendly individual counseling with men: a qualitative systematic literature review for the period 1995–2016. Psychology of Men and Masculinity. ISSN 1524-9220


Over the past few decades, there have been calls to customize therapy for men. Researchers have
increasingly become aware of the impact of masculinity on men and their psychological health, their
willingness to seek help, and their experience of therapy. Recommendations have been published for how
to enhance engagement and therapeutic change for men in counseling. This article systematically
collected and examined recommendations for individual male-friendly therapy from 44 sources written
over a 21-year period to identify common themes using qualitative methodology. The resulting 4 themes
included knowledge about men, masculinity, and socialization; therapist critical self-awareness and
commitment; masculinity-informed treatment adaptations; and masculinity-informed tasks and goals.
The themes were discussed in relation to relevant research and similar diversity-sensitive approaches,
including different ways that masculinity knowledge was incorporated into treatment and the ethical
implications of targeting traditional masculinity for change. Increased empirical research on male-friendly
counseling is needed to validate existing recommendations.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to ArticleFirst version, in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology and Counselling
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2017 04:49
Last Modified: 09 May 2018 03:47
Uncontrolled Keywords: men, masculinity, gender, counseling, psychotherapy
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1607 Social Work > 160702 Counselling, Welfare and Community Services
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170105 Gender Psychology
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920209 Mental Health Services
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1037/men0000137

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