Sexism Causes DEPRESSION: Playboys Who Want Power Over Women Have Worse Mental Health, Large (2016) Study Reveals
- Study found three traditionally sexist attitudes cause poor mental health – playboy attitude, being self-reliant, and wanting power over women
- Men with these attitudes more likely to develop depression, study said
- But these men were also less likely to seek mental health treatment
By Mia De Graaf For Dailymail.com
21 November 2016
Sexism is bad for men’s mental health, new research reveals.
Scientists studied 20,000 men, analyzing how strongly they conformed to 11 typical ideas of masculinity.
They found that men who wanted power over women and had a ‘playboy attitude’, were significantly more depressed than others.
Those men were also less likely to seek mental health treatment.
The American Psychological Association says the findings should act as a warning to dispel the ‘snowflake’ reputation afforded men’s mental health treatment.
Lead author Dr Y. Joel Wong, of Indiana University Bloomington, said he was surprised by how strongly sexism and poor mental health were associated.
‘It underscores the idea that sexism is not merely a social injustice, but may also have a detrimental effect on the mental health of those who embrace such attitudes,’ he added.
‘In general, individuals who conformed strongly to masculine norms tended to have poorer mental health and less favorable attitudes toward seeking psychological help.’
Dr Wong and his colleagues conducted a meta-analysis of 78 research samples involving 19,453 participants.
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