Review: Recommendations for male-friendly counselling with adolescent males: A qualitative systematic literature review

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Boerma, Micah, Beel, Nathan, Jeffries, Carla and Ruse, Jesse. 2023. "Review: Recommendations for male-friendly counselling with adolescent males: A qualitative systematic literature review ." Child and Adolescent Mental Health. 28 (4), pp. 536-549. https://doi.org/10.1111/camh.12633
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Review: Recommendations for male-friendly counselling with adolescent males: A qualitative systematic literature review

ERA Journal ID40797
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsBoerma, Micah, Beel, Nathan, Jeffries, Carla and Ruse, Jesse
Journal TitleChild and Adolescent Mental Health
Journal Citation28 (4), pp. 536-549
Number of Pages14
Year2023
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN1475-357X
1475-3588
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/camh.12633
Web Address (URL)https://acamh.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/camh.12633
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Background: There are growing calls to tailor counselling practices for adolescent males, a population reluctant to engage in psychological treatment despite concerning rates of mental illness. The objective of this systematic review (PROSPERO: CRD4202125547) was to collate and synthesise recommendations for individual counselling with adolescent males (12-18 years).

Method: The databases Psychology and Behavioural Science Collection, PsycArticles, PsycINFO, Academic Search Complete, EBSCO eBook Collection, Wiley Science Collection, Taylor and Francis Collection and ProQuest One Academic were searched for articles published between 1995 and November 2021. The quality of evidence was assessed using the JBI critical appraisal checklists, and thematic analysis was employed to synthesise findings across the literature.

Results: A total of 1625 texts were identified, of which 16 met the inclusion criteria. Generated themes included (a) therapist knowledge of masculinity, gender socialisation, and male-relational styles; (b) necessity of therapists to address masculinity in the therapeutic space; and (c) customising engagement and treatment practices to appeal to adolescent males.

Conclusions: The themes highlighted the unique developmental, and sociocultural considerations practitioners should be aware of when working with young men. Through a multicultural counselling competency framework, masculinity and adolescent male identity are expressions of diverse sociocultural identities that psychological assessment and intervention should ideally be tailored to suit. The findings of the review suggest that empirical research focusing on the experiences of adolescent males receiving psychological treatment is sparse. Further research is needed to inform the development of practicable, gender-sensitive adaptions to counselling practice for young men.

KeywordsAdolescent male; adolescence; counselling; gender; masculinity; psychotherapy.
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ANZSRC Field of Research 2020520303. Counselling psychology
520502. Gender psychology
Byline AffiliationsSchool of Psychology and Wellbeing
Australian College of Applied Professions
University of Sydney
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