Entries in Resources: Boys (30)


St. Francis House: Mentoring Young Men in a Fatherless Society. By Joseph Campo

The centrality of a father or male mentor in the life of a young man is discussed by the director of St. Francis House, in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York. A brief description of this home for boys 18 years and older who have come from extremely difficult situations is followed by reflections on the importance of men’s personal commitment to boys, in particular the combination of a male model for young men’s spiritual life.

From New Male Studies: An International Journal - Vol. 2, Issue 1, 2013, pp. 72-77.

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Transitions - From Boyhood to Manhood (Podcast)

Frequently in Learning Works, we have looked at men’s health and wellbeing, and also at older men’s learning and the involvement of men around Australia in the Men’s Shed movement. But what about our boys – how are they faring in the 21st century? The Australian Institute of Male Health and Studies believes that, as a society, we are somewhat reticent in affirming very much that is good about boys, especially in their often difficult and lonely transition from boyhood to manhood. Sadly, they say, our understanding of boys (and males in general) has been informed more by stereotypes than evidence. And this is not without consequences for young males, whose behaviours, and often too mental health issues, are observed with concern by members of the medical profession and of course by parents, and educators alike.

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2011 AIMHS Symposium "From Boyhood to Manhood: Difficulties & Challenges of Transition" now online

"From Boyhood to Manhood: Difficulties & Challenges of Transition"  

 Speakers and Talks from the 2011 AIMHS Symposium. 

"The Boy is Father to the Man" 

Audio-only recording can be downloaded here. 

YouTube video can be watched here  

Presented by Professor Miles Groth PhD, Department of Psychology, Wagner College, Staten sland, New York

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Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and young boys

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) impact all areas of a person’s life resulting in deficits in language, social behavior, and intellectual abilities as well as the development of repetitive behaviors that can greatly restrict access to the community and quality of life. The prevalence of ASD is difficult to determine but is currently being cited in Australia as 1 in 160 people (some research says 1 in 110!) It is a male biased disorder affecting males to females 4:1 so it is indeed a Men’s Health Issue.

Boys and men on the Autism Spectrum have trouble with social interaction and are probably more likely to be misunderstood leading to bullying at school and trouble holding onto a job (not always because they are bad at the job sometimes their work ethic is too extreme as in they don’t waste any time for social chit chat but also because they are literal, speak their mind without reserving what would be best left as “kept in their own head” and may misunderstand social cues and meanings/nuances of conversations...they can appear rude and abrupt unintentionally and some people take this personally).

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The State of Boys in America: A Briefing on the Latest Research Findings and What They Mean for America in an Increasingly Competitive World (USA)

The world of work for men is changing rapidly, and men are not adapting easily or readily to this new world. A growing share of men is not adapting at all, and as a result their lives are falling apart. This new world of work requires substantial amounts of postsecondary education and training. The old world of work did not require education beyond high school, but these old jobs have been disappearing steadily and continuously at least since World War II. This failure to adapt has measurable consequences for personal, family and civic life as well as the American economy.

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