This comprehensive, practical resource provides specific strategies for counsellors working with boys and male adolescents from different cultural backgrounds. The first part examines how psychological, career and athletic development of boys is shaped by a complex interaction of biological, social, cultural and economic forces. TheSecond Part covers cultural considerations when counselling particular North American client groups, such as Hispanic-Americans. The final part focuses on special populations such as gay, sexually abused and developmentally disabled boys.

Counseling Anxious Male Youth

Counseling anxious male youth
Donald B.Keat II

The natural role of twentieth-century man is anxiety.

—Norman Mailer (1948, p. 237)

I have previously (Keat, 1990a, 1996) called anxiety one of the scarlet letters of emotion. The second scarlet letter was that of anger (Keat, 1980b). Anxiety, of course, is the focus of this chapter, and therefore the rest of my comments are directed toward the anxiety dimension. Management of anxiety has sometimes been called stress management. Learning how to handle anxiety appropriately is one of the most relevant areas that we can consider in the treatment of boys and adolescent males (both here condensed under the term male youth.)

Adjustment Issues for Anxious Males

The topic of anxiety has had at least a century of attention in ...

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