Entries in Resources: Boys' Health (11)


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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Working with Young Males in Psychotherapy: Implications of the Findings of Boyhood Studies (USA)

Boys are now among the most challenging groups with whom we work as psychotherapists. During the past two decades, boyhood has received special attention, and with good reason: boyhood is being radically redefined. As a result, the number of vulnerable boys who require our attention and care has increased significantly. Some of them are just entering kindergarten; others are graduating from high school or college and manoeuvering their way in a world of work that has increasingly fewer places for them; a decreasing number are in graduate school. Ever more are disconnected, disaffiliated and adrift.


The Boys Initiative (USA)

The Boys Initiative is a groundbreaking national campaign to shed light on alarming trends in recent years pertaining to boys’ health and well-being. The spark for the initiative was the now well documented decline in boys’ educational performance over the past two decades. This is part of a disturbing trend of boys decline in other areas impacting physical and emotional health, performance, accomplishment and social adaptation. These trends are approaching crisis proportions.


The Dad Factor: How father baby-bonding helps a child for life by Richard Fletcher

This stimulating book explores many fascinating new understandings of the importance of a father in a child's development. Richard Fletcher, a pioneer researcher in the area of men’s health and family issues, examines how a father's close bond with his baby is vital for the development of the child’s healthy brain structure and their cognitive and emotional development. "The Dad Factor" presents explanations of why a father’s involvement with his child, right from birth, is vitally important to the development of a child’s brain and emotional stability.


What's happening to our boys?

What kind of world are our boys to growing up in? Why are increasing numbers of boys suffering body image and self-esteem problems? Why do they feel worthless without the latest branded toy, game or item of clothing? What makes soft drinks, snacks and fast foods so attractive? Why are they drawn to countless acts of violence on TV, in movies and in computer games? What impact does our highly sexualised climate, our emphasis on success and money, have on them as they grow? And why are so many boys vulnerable to cyber bullying and to porn? Childhood and teenage life is changing rapidly, leaving parents exhausted and confused as to how best to tackle the many issues they face. How does this high pressure environment affect a boy's confidence, his values and aspirations, his wellbeing, his sense of community, his attitudes to girls and women?

In her follow-up book to What's Happening to Our Girls?, bestselling author Maggie Hamilton asks these and many other vital questions, as well as providing numerous tips for parents and educators on how to create a more promising future for our children. She draws upon interviews with over 70 experts including doctors, psychologists, police and teachers, as well as the 50 anonymous boys themselves to see into their secret lives and understand the challenges they face. What's Happening to Our Boys? is a meticulously researched book that confronts the problems boys and young men face, suggesting positive and constructive ways to help them grow into resilient, productive and happy individuals.