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July 2021

Toward a transformed approach to prevention: Breaking the link between masculinity and violence

Journal/Book: J Amer Coll Health. 2000; 48: 1319 Eighteenth St NW, Washington, DC 20036-1802, USA. Heldref Publications. 269-279.

Abstract: Men are disproportionately overrepresented among both perpetrators and victims of violent crime. Scholars from the men's studies movement have documented a clear link between socialization into stereotypical norms of hegemonic masculinity and an increased risk for experiencing violence. Despite this evidence, most campus prevention programs fail to recognize the link between men and violence and use only traditional approaches to violence prevention. The most that on-campus prevention programs provide are self-defense seminars for potential female victims of rape and general campus safety measures. In this article, the author describes a comprehensive, transformed approach to violence prevention. Data from a year-long case study of Men Against Violence, a peer education organization at a large university in the South, demonstrate the feasibility of meaningfully expanding male students' conceptions of manhood and appropriate gender roles and, thus, reducing the likelihood of men's engaging in sexually or physically violent behavior.

Note: Article Hong LL, Louisiana State Univ, Wellness Educ Serv, Baton Rouge,LA 70803 USA

Keyword(s): masculinity; men's health; peer education; violence; violence prevention; SEXUAL AGGRESSION; GUN OWNERSHIP; COLLEGE; HEALTH; PERCEPTIONS; EDUCATION; BEHAVIOR; INTENT; MALES; CUES


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