Entries in Young Men (18)


St. Francis House: Mentoring Young Men in a Fatherless Society. By Joseph Campo

The centrality of a father or male mentor in the life of a young man is discussed by the director of St. Francis House, in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York. A brief description of this home for boys 18 years and older who have come from extremely difficult situations is followed by reflections on the importance of men’s personal commitment to boys, in particular the combination of a male model for young men’s spiritual life.

From New Male Studies: An International Journal - Vol. 2, Issue 1, 2013, pp. 72-77.

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Eating disorders on the increase for men and boys (UK)


The number of boys and men seeking help for eating disorders is on the increase according to statistics from South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust (SWLSTG). 

Last year 9 per cent of our eating disorder patients at the SWLSTG specialist Eating Disorder Unit were male, which is a significant increase from 3 per cent in 2010/11.

This is reflected on a national scale with the latest NHS statistic¹ showing an increase of over 16 per cent in the last year in the hospital admissions for males with eating disorders - over half of which were under 18 years old.

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EMALE Issue 111 (June 2012)

In this month's issue:

'Mansome' examines men's self-image, grooming

‘Men Care’ project in Coffs Coast

Current Training Programs (Effective Ways of Engaging Men, Effective Men’s Health Promotion)

more than just a haircut

the high cost of male mental illness in young men

new mental wellbeing program in Western Sydney

news briefs

  • Men’s health gets a boost in New Zealand
  • Stress turns guys into social butterflies 

future events

  • Positive Solutions in an Age of Rage June 19 & 20, 2012, SMC Conference & Function Centre, 66 Goulburn St, Sydney

Robyn Urback on shocking anti-male hatred on the SFU campus (Canada)

The student union at Simon Fraser University in B.C. has made the apparently contentious decision to finance the creation of a Men’s Centre on campus. Motivated, surely, by deep-seeated patriarchal values, the union approved a budget of $30,000 to launch the project — the exact same amount conferred on the university’s Women’s Centre, which was established back in 1974. The idea for the Men’s Centre was proposed by fifth-year accounting student Keenan Midgley, who told SFU’s student newspaper that he believes men, too, are entitled to safe space on campus.

Unsurprisingly, however, not everyone at SFU is thrilled with the decision. The Women’s Centre, for one, coolly brushed off the idea of a stand-alone Men’s Centre on its website, simply stating that, “the men’s centre is everywhere else.” They did say they would welcome a men’s centre that focused on “challenging popular conceptions about masculinity, confronting homophobia, sexism, racism, classism, and ability issues.” In contrast, they would oppose a men’s centre that “focussed on maintaining the old boys club … that promotes the status quo, encourages sexual assault, or fosters an atmosphere of competition and violence.” Oh. OK, then. Good to know.

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Fatherless boys become dads earlier: study (UK)


Young boys whose dads don't live at home are more likely to become fathers in their early 20s, new research shows.

According to the British study, it also linked absent dads to delays in their sons experiencing the key puberty milestone of voice-breaking.

The researchers suggested it was possible the stress associated with not having a father around could have an effect on adolescent hormones and delay puberty.

Boys with absent fathers were more likely to have had at least one child by the time they turned 23 compared to those whose fathers were still at home by the time their sons turned 16.

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