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The articles of this special issue have been carefully curated to reflect pressing issues on masculinity and men’s mental health.
On his editorial article, Barry – who is also the Chair of the Male Psychology Network – synthesised the selection of articles.
Barry said: ‘I’m delighted to have been invited to be the guest editor for this special issue of PJP on male psychology. Having co-founded the Male Psychology Network and Male Psychology Section of the British Psychological Society, and co-edited the very popular Palgrave Handbook of Male Psychology and Mental Health, and co-author of the forthcoming book Perspectives in Male Psychology: An introduction, it’s a great pleasure to be able to bring together a collection of 12 new papers, submitted from seasoned academics and from newcomers to the field.
‘As an experienced researcher, it’s very exciting to see so many different methodologies represented here, from cross-sectional and longitudinal, qualitative and quantitative, and from a clinical case report to a study involving 7,000 men.
‘We also have papers from authors based in different countries, and the range of themes is exciting too. Not only are there studies focusing on mental health – something now recognised as an important issue male psychology – but also several submissions highlighting the relevance of bias against men in various ways.
‘If this special issue of PJP was a diagnostic test of the health of male psychology in 2020, I would be very impressed to see so many green shoots sprouting vigorously across the world. Given that male psychology only began life as a concept in 2010 when clinical psychologist Martin Seager proposed a BPS Section and considering that the call for papers for this special issue only went out in August 2020, it is very rewarding to see how far this field has come.’
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