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Men who conform to ‘the man box’ more likely to consider suicide and violence

Men who conform to ‘the man box’ more likely to consider suicide and violence

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An Australian first study involving 1000 men aged 18 to 30 has found those who conform to traditional definitions of manhood – dubbed ‘the man box’ – are twice as likely to consider suicide and seven times more likely to be violent towards others.

The Man Box: A study on being a young man in Australia was undertaken by The Men’s Project with the support of Queensland University of Technology’s Associate Professor Michael Flood.

Professor Flood, who co-authored the study report, is an internationally recognized researcher on men, masculinities, and violence prevention. He is an ARC Future Fellow with QUT’s School of Justice.

He said the study revealed the dangers of “toxic masculinity” for men and those around them.

The study defines “The Man Box” as a set of societal beliefs that place pressure on men to be a certain way – like being tough, not showing emotions, being the breadwinner, using violence to solve problems, and having many sexual partners.

Some men are boxed into the stereotypes of being “a real man” (about 30 percent of those surveyed endorsed most of the Man Box ‘rules’), and others are outside the box.

And there are remarkable health differences between the two groups.

“This is the first major Australian survey to map ideals of masculinity among young men, commissioned as part of the Jesuit Social Services’ Men’s Project, which is dedicated to helping boys and men live respectful, accountable and fulfilling lives,” Professor Flood said.

“According to our survey, young men in the “Man Box” were more likely than other men to have poor mental health (including feeling depressed, hopeless or suicidal), to seek help from only a narrow range of sources, and to be involved in binge drinking and traffic accidents.

“This accords with a large number of other studies that have found men who endorse dominant ideals of masculinity are more likely than other men to have greater health risks and engage in poor behaviors. They are more likely to consider suicide, drink excessively, take risks at work and drive dangerously.”

Key findings include:

  • 44 percent of men inside the Man Box had experienced thoughts about suicide in the past 2 weeks, compared to 22 percent outside the box
  • 31 percent in the box had been drunk once a month or more, compared to 22 percent outside the box
  • 47 percent of men in the box had perpetrated physical bullying & violence in past month, compared to 7 percent outside the box
  • 46 percent of men in the box had made sexual comments to a female they didn’t know, in public or online, in past month, compared to 7 percent outside the box
  • 52 percent of men in the box had experienced physical bullying & violence in the past month, compared to 15 percent outside the box
  • 38 percent of men in the box had been involved in a car accident in the past year, compared to 11 percent outside the box.

Professor Flood said the survey showed young men were still greatly influenced by traditional messages of what it meant to be a man.

“For example, young men were particularly likely to agree with statements that society expects men to act strong (69 percent), fight back when pushed (60 percent) and never say no to sex (56 percent),” he said.

“However, some traditional ideals seem to be dropping away. Few young men agreed that society tells them they should use violence to get respect (35 percent), straight men should shun gay men as friends (36 percent), boys shouldn’t learn how to cook and clean (38 percent), and men shouldn’t do household chores (39 percent).”

The report recommends that the promotion of positive alternatives to the Man Box by organizations that work with men and boys, by the government, and by families and communities.

In particular, it urges government bodies to include these positive alternatives in their messages relating to mental health, road safety, alcohol harm reduction, crime and violence prevention, and family violence prevention.

The Men’s Project has also urged all members of the community to help boys and men break free of the Man Box by thinking about the expectations, attitudes and behaviors they communicate to their sons, brothers, mates and partners.

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https://www.qut.edu.au/news?id=137029

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