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How much are therapists' views on patriarchy related to their approach to therapy for men? Preliminary findings from a survey

Barry, John A.; Liddon, Louise; Walker, Rob; & Seager, Martin

In the past few years, guidelines have been published which encourage therapists to see masculinity in relation to power, privilege, and other constructs from ‘patriarchy theory’. The brief notes presented here are based on findings from the first responses to a survey of therapists (psychotherapists, clinical psychologists etc) on how they view masculinity in their work. Based on the first 25 respondents who described their practice in detail, it was found that those who made efforts to practice in a male-friendly way (e.g., accommodating male-typical communications styles) compared to those who took a gender neutral approach to male clients, endorsed significantly less the view that patriarchy prevents women from having equal rights (t = –3.334, df = 23, p < .003, two-tailed). This finding is discussed in relation to the potential impact of therapists’ views on gender and how they work with male clients. 

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