Are Men Still Relevant?

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It has been documented that men seek psychological help at lower rates than women. Psychosocially, men are characterized as having difficulty in articulating their emotions and prefer to ‘turn off their feelings’. Some critics claimed that many men prefer to die than disclose they need help or choose to self-destruct rather than admit they are not in control. To the extent, serious critics assert that men are redundant, that women and children would be better off without them. This paper explores some factors contributing to the ‘marginalization of men’ that includes over conformity to traditional gender roles, socialization process and cultural differences of help seeking behaviours among men. Discussion will include possible alternatives that are culturally and socially appropriate for contemporary men to still feel relevant, to empower themselves by confronting the paradox of power and pain and to sustain their significant existence. Undoubtedly, the significant contributions of social and technological development are likely to affect men’s socialization processes and may contribute to changes of values in this fast changing environment.


Keywords: Male Gender Roles, Socialization of Men, Helping Men
Stream: Social Sustainability
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Mansor Abu Talib

Lecturer, Department of Human Development and Family Studies
Faculty of Human Ecology, Universiti Putra Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Mansor is an academic staff with specialization on guidance and counselling. His interests include help seeking behaviour, student development at higher learning institutions and cyber counseling especially through email. His current research includes university student's mental health status and needs, undergraduates career readiness and Person Centered Learning in the Student Centered Learning modality.

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