New survey on young men’s attitudes to manhood

CJSDRC member, Associate Professor Michael Flood contributed to a new survey of young Australian men’s attitudes towards manhood, launched in Sydney and Melbourne in mid-October.

This study by Jesuit Social Services’ The Men’s Project, involving 1,000 men aged 18 to 30, has shown that young men who comply with society’s pressures to be a ‘real man’ report poorer mental health, are twice as likely to consider suicide, more likely to commit acts of sexual harassment and experience and perform acts of violence and bullying. See here for the report and accompanying materials.

https://jss.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/The-Man-Box-A-study-on-being-a-young-man-in-Australia.pdf

Dr Flood was commissioned to provide analysis of the study, and his commentary was published on pp. 46-63 of the full report.

https://theconversation.com/australian-study-reveals-the-dangers-of-toxic-masculinity-to-men-and-those-around-them-104694

Here Michael identifies key strategies for shifting dominant social norms of manhood. Michael also wrote a short summary of the report for The Conversation. Michael also contributed to extensive media coverage of the study, including participating in ABC TV and five radio interviews.