Therapy with Men in Health Care Settings

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The stereotype of the male in our society calls for acceptance of injury and illness with courage and stoicism. To the extent that male patients expect to preserve this image, the healthcare setting imposes severe threat. Cries of pain, tears of frustration, and honest expressions of fear are frequently seen as unacceptable. Male patients may employ alternative behaviors to secure the attention and care that might have been elicited by more direct expressions of feelings (21 pp.)

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