Uncovering Themes of Masculinity Within Male Friendships and Synthesizing Future Interventions
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Masculinity norms such as toughness, emotional stoicism, and homophobia are suggested to impede the formation of close male friendships. A lack of close friendships can lead to poor self-esteem and impaired psychological health. Boys and men who effectively build intimate relationships gain from peer support and companionship as well as a decrease in anxiety and depression levels. Scholars have yet to develop a data-driven intervention to assist boys and men in critically analyzing masculinity, thus the current study's findings will contribute to the development of these interventions that could encourage boys and men to properly assess harmful elements of masculinity and establish closer friendships.
Male friendship; Masculinity; Friendship
Avenido, Maria Isabelle; Aguilera, Valeria; Vierra, Kristin; and Gutierrez, Diana, "Uncovering Themes of Masculinity Within Male Friendships and Synthesizing Future Interventions" (2022). Undergraduate Research Symposium Posters. 97.
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