Textbook of Men's Mental Health

By Brooks, Gary R. | International Journal of Men's Health, Spring 2007 | Go to article overview

Textbook of Men's Mental Health


Brooks, Gary R., International Journal of Men's Health


Textbook of Men's Mental Health edited by Jon E. Grant and Marc N. Potenza. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association Press, 2007,417 pp.

There are many ways a textbook of men's mental health might approach its subject matter. It might, for example, examine recent men's studies literature on the social construction of masculinity (Levant & Pollack, 1995) and its implications for men's emotional well-being. In doing so, attention would be given to how the male gender role restricts men's optimal potentials and sometimes produces behavior disordered enough to be labeled mental illness. A second approach might start with the recognized categories of mental illness and identify differing epidemiologies and symptom expressions between the sexes. The present volume takes the second tack since in the first paragraph of the Introduction uses the terms "mental health concerns" and "psychiatric issues" interchangeably, and although it strives to cover both approaches, it primarily succeeds in its efforts to explore "the clinical presentation and treatment of various psychiatric disorders in men" (p. xiii). As such, most of the material reads very much like an expansion of the DSM-IV-TR, with great of attention paid to the rates, clinical courses, and co-morbidities of specific psychiatric disorders.

It is a worthy ambition to provide greater attention to previously recognized male and female differences in psychiatric disorders. This is, however, an inherently limited approach to the broad subject of men's mental health, since it restricts attention to those men with diagnosed psychiatric pathology, so that what we have here is a textbook of "men's mental illness." In fairness, however, the editors have made efforts to incorporate life-span and sociocultural perspectives, thereby addressing matters relevant to non-clinical male populations. Some of the chapters are very well done, but some of them are not. Before discussing the merits of the various chapters, a few additional comments are needed on the textbook's adoption of a DSM-IV-TR conceptual framework.

First, a common challenge of this psychiatric diagnostic system is the need to deal with co-morbidity and the overlapping of diagnostic categories (for example, depression and anxiety disorders). The issue is important since much material presented is redundant (for example, anxiety disorders with depression; substance abuse with antisocial personality disorder; impulse control disorders with sexual disorders). A more fruitful approach would be one that integrates these symptom expressions with a broader coverage of men's developmental issues, coping styles and help-seeking patterns. second, any approach to mental health that begins by looking primarily at characteristics of men with psychiatric diagnoses cannot pay enough attention to the critical issues of men who "fly under the radar." That is, there are many more men whose lives are impaired by depression, anxiety, sexual problems, and substance abuse than those reflected in even the best epidemiological statistics.

The book's final chapter on stigma and barriers to mental health treatment for men is superb. The authors generate a broad theoretical model to account for men's underutilization of mental health services. The model incorporates general socio-psychological principles of stress and coping with more specific theories of masculinity ideology. It is unfortunate that, although many of the text's authors make reference to this chapter, few incorporate its perspectives into their own chapters. The book makes an effort to address men's life-span issues by including separate chapters on "childhood," "adolescence," and "older men." No rationale is provided for omission of the mid-life period.

The chapter on childhood includes interesting observations about problems resulting from boys' delayed language development, attachment issues, and "rough and tumble" play style. It does not pay much attention to the special qualities of "boy culture" (Rotundo, 1993) or the role of bullying and trauma in young men's lives (Lisak, 2005). …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Textbook of Men's Mental Health
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.