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Social Psychology

University of Northern Iowa

2005

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A Narrative Group Model To Reduce Gender Role Conflict In Adult Males, Dennis K. Smithe Jan 2005

A Narrative Group Model To Reduce Gender Role Conflict In Adult Males, Dennis K. Smithe

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This manuscript provides a therapeutic group model to address gender role conflict in males based on a narrative approach. The use of story telling and metaphor are central to the process because they are reflective of how men tend to communicate. This approach reflects a shift away from traditional counseling approach often seen as the antithesis of a masculine ideology. This process provides group members the opportunities to co-create and re-author socially constructed stories of masculinity and maleness that have taught males to abuse and neglect their bodies while at the same time not seek help. Unique to this model …