The aim of the Male Psychology Section is to take a lead in promoting awareness, research, teaching and understanding of male psychology in order to improve the well-being of men and boys alongside the women and girls who share their lives.
Male psychology studies the thinking, emotion and behaviour of men and boys and the factors which have an impact on them.
The members of the Male Psychology Section believe that these and other issues (especially those which disproportionately affect men and boys, such as suicide, homelessness, addiction, imprisonment and educational underachievement) are not being sufficiently addressed by those in a position to help e.g. in the government, health services and the media.
For example, many people don’t realise that three quarters of suicides are by men, and that boys have been falling behind girls in education since the 1980s.
The Section aims to expand our understanding of the full diversity of the human condition on an inclusive basis by enriching our knowledge of men and boys alongside women and girls, both in their differences and in their common humanity.
A better understanding of the gendered needs of men and boys will also enable the development of more tailored and appropriate psychological interventions for male service users to the benefit of all in society.