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Men's Gender Role Conflict: Psychological Costs, Consequences, and an Agenda for Change

by James M O'Neil American Psychological Association
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Men's gender role conflict is a psychological state in which restrictive definitions of masculinity limit men's well-being and human potential. Gender role conflict (GRC) doesn't just harm boys and men, but also girls and women, transgendered people, and society at large.

Extensive research relates men's GRC to myriad behavioral problems, including sexism, violence, homophobia, depression, substance abuse, and relationship issues. This book represents a call to action for researchers and practitioners, graduate students, and other mental healthcare professionals to confront men's GRC and reduce its harmful influence on individuals and society.

James O'Neil is a pioneer in men's psychology who conceptualized GRC and created the Gender Role Conflict Scale. In this book, he combines numerous studies from renowned scholars in men's psychology with more than 30 years of his own clinical and research experience to promote activism and challenge the status quo.

He describes multiple effects of men's GRC, including
success, power, and competition issues;
restricted emotionality;
restricted affectionate behavior between men; and
conflicts between men's work and family relations.

O'Neil also explains when GRC can develop in a man's gender role journey, how to address it through preventative programs and therapy for boys and men, and what initiatives researchers and clinicians can pursue.



I. An Overview of Gender Role Conflict and Its History

  1. A Call to Action to Expand the Psychology of Men
  2. My Personal Gender Role Journey With the Gender Role Conflict Research Program

II. The Theoretical Foundations of Gender Role Conflict

  1. New Contextual Paradigms for Gender Role Conflict Theory, Research, and Practice
  2. Scale Development and Measurement in the Gender Role Conflict Research Program
  3. A Developmental Model of Masculinity: Gender Role Transitions and Men's Psychosocial Growth

III. Empirical Research on Gender Role Conflict in Boys and Men

  1. A Multicultural Psychology of Men Model: Reviewing Research on Diverse Men's Gender Role Conflict
  2. Summary of the Gender Role Conflict Research Program
  3. Four Contextual Paradigms for Gender Role Conflict Research

IV. Practical Applications for Gender Role Conflict in Therapy and Preventive Programs

  1. Therapeutic Assessment of Gender Role Conflict in Counseling and Psychotherapy
  2. Gender Role Journey Therapy With Men
  3. Using Gender Role Journey Therapy: The Case Study of Thomas
  4. Theoretical and Empirical Justification for Psychoeducational Programming for Boys and Men
  5. Prevention of Gender Role Conflict Using Psychoeducation: Three Evaluated Interventions

V. A Call to Action: Future Directions in Addressing Men's Gender Role Conflict

  1. Call to Action Revisited: Personal Reflections, Contextual Summary, and Action Plans



About the Author

James M. O'Neil, PhD, is a professor of educational psychology and family studies in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut as well as a licensed psychologist in private practice in South Windsor, Connecticut. In 1975, he received his doctorate from the Department of Counseling and Personnel Services at the University of Maryland.
He is a Fellow of APA in Divisions 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology), 35 (Society for the Psychology of Women), 43 (Society for Family Psychology), 51 (Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity), 52 (International Psychology), and 56 (Trauma Psychology). He is one of the founding members of the Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity and was named Researcher of the Year in 1997 for his 20-year research program on men's gender role conflict.
Dr. O'Neil's research programs relate to men and masculinity, gender role conflict, the psychology of men and women, and violence and victimization. He has published more than 100 journal articles and book chapters, and his most recent book, coauthored with Michele Harway, What Causes Men's Violence Against Women? (1999), has been translated into Japanese and Korean.
In 1991, he was awarded a Fulbright Teaching Scholarship by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, to lecture in the former Soviet Union. In 1995, he was awarded Teaching Fellow status, the most prestigious distinction for a professor at the University of Connecticut, for his outstanding excellence and dedication to the university teaching. In 2008, he received the Distinguished Professional Service Award from APA Division 51 for his 25-year research program on men's gender role conflict and his advocacy for teaching the psychology of men in the United States.
He has advocated for professional activism with gender role and social justice issues throughout his 40 years as a counseling psychologist.