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Toxic masculinity as a barrier to mental health treatment in prison.
J Clin Psychol 2005; 61(6):713-24JC

Abstract

The current article addresses gender issues that become magnified in prison settings and contribute to heightened resistance in psychotherapy and other forms of mental health treatment. Toxic masculinity involves the need to aggressively compete and dominate others and encompasses the most problematic proclivities in men. These same male proclivities foster resistance to psychotherapy. Some of the stresses and complexities of life in men's prisons are explored. The relation between hegemonic masculinity and toxic masculinity is examined. The discussion proceeds to the interplay between individual male characteristics and institutional dynamics that intensify toxic masculinity. A discussion of some structural obstacles to mental health treatment in prison and resistances on the part of prisoners is followed by some general recommendations for the therapist in this context.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Graduate School of Psychology, The Wright Institute, Berkeley, California 94704, USA. kupers@igc.org

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

15732090

Citation

Kupers, Terry A.. "Toxic Masculinity as a Barrier to Mental Health Treatment in Prison." Journal of Clinical Psychology, vol. 61, no. 6, 2005, pp. 713-24.
Kupers TA. Toxic masculinity as a barrier to mental health treatment in prison. J Clin Psychol. 2005;61(6):713-24.
Kupers, T. A. (2005). Toxic masculinity as a barrier to mental health treatment in prison. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 61(6), pp. 713-24.
Kupers TA. Toxic Masculinity as a Barrier to Mental Health Treatment in Prison. J Clin Psychol. 2005;61(6):713-24. PubMed PMID: 15732090.
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