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By: Andrew M. Kiselica & Mark S. Kiselica

In: Handbook of Group Counseling & Psychotherapy

Chapter 41: Gender-Sensitive Group Counseling and Psychotherapy with Men

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Gender-Sensitive Group Counseling and Psychotherapy with Men
Gender-sensitive group counseling and psychotherapy with men
Andrew M. KiselicaMark S. Kiselica

Traditionally, men have been conceptualized as reluctant to participate in counseling and psychotherapy and resistant to traditional methods of treatment (Blazina & Shen-Miller, 2011). This characterization was not made without warrant and understanding. Extensive empirical research from the late 1980s and early 1990s suggested that men were less likely than women to seek therapy for a variety of problems (Addis & Mahalik, 2003). The reluctance of men to ask for help and to participate in therapy is hypothesized to stem from restrictive gender role socialization dictating that men should be individualistic, tough, and in control of their emotions, which are traits that are at odds with the ...

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