- Jordan I. KosbergJordan I. KosbergDepartment of Social Work, University of Alabama
- and James P. “Ike” Adams Jr.James P. “Ike” Adams Jr.University of Kentucky
Growing up a male comes with challenges that can influence the quality and length of one's life. Attention is directed to gender role socialization that can result in gender-related physical, social, and mental health problems that can be exacerbated by poverty, ethnicity, advanced age, and minority group background. Understanding how men can cope with their problems, as well as reasons for their failure to utilize community resources, should be of concern to social workers. A balanced approach in the portrayal of men, and the creation of effective interventions that reach and assist men, seem consistent with social work values.