Events: APA Convention - Submission Instructions

 

Call for Proposals for the 2011 APA Convention

Reviews of the “New Psychology of Men” have revealed several tendencies in the literature that, if left unchecked, have the ability to substantially limit the scope and relevance of this literature. In particular, reviewers have noted that the empirical research relies heavily on samples that are predominantly White and undergraduate, the research relies heavily on self-report survey measures (Sanchez, 2010; Whorley & Addis, 2006; Wong, Steinfeldt, Speight, & Hickman, 2010) and that the Gender Role Conflict Scale (O’Neil et al., 1986) has been used in more than half of those studies (Whorley & Addis, 2006).  Others have noted a strong connection to feminist and constructionist models, with little input from other perspectives (Addis, Mansfield, & Syzdek, 2010; Sanchez, 2010; Smiler, 2004; Wong et al., 2010).  The research tends to be problem focused, with relatively greater focus on mental health and body image concerns (Sanchez, 2010; Wong et al., 2010) and little attention to “positive” masculinity (Kiselica, 2010).  The relative absence of studies that explore masculinity among participants who are women or transgendered,  as well as the general lack of attention to contextual factors, including intersections with class and race, also limit the knowledge base (Addis et al., 2010; Whorley & Addis, 2006; Wong et al., 2010).  A casual review suggests the analyses tend to rely heavily on relatively simple regression models and more complex statistical techniques such as Structural Equation Modeling and Hierarchical Linear Modeling are rare (see also Whorley & Addis, 2006).

 

Accordingly, priority will be given to proposals that help address these gaps in the literature by explicitly addressing one (or more) of these areas.  Clinical, training-oriented, and other “hands-on” proposals that address these gaps will also be prioritized. 

The full APA call for programs for 2011 is on the apa site (http://apa.org/convention/proposals.aspx). 

 

REFERENCES

Addis, M. E., Mansfield, A. K., & Syzdek, M. R. (2010). Is "masculinity" a problem? Framing the effects of gendered social learning in males. Psychology of Men and Masculinity, 11, 77-90.

 

Kiselica, M. S. (2010/in press). Promoting positive masculinity while addressing gender role conflict: A balanced theoretical approach to clinical work with boys and men. In C. Blazina & D. Shen-Miller (Eds.), An international psychology of men: Theoretical advances, case studies, and clinical innovations (pp. 131-160). NY: Routledge.

 

O'Neil, J. M., Helms, B. J., Gable, R. K., David, L., & Wrightsman, L. S. (1986). Gender-role conflict scale: College men's fear of femininity. Sex Roles, 14, 335-350.

 

Sanchez, F. J. (2010). Assessing the impact of the Psychology of Men & Masculinity, 2000-2008. Psychology of Men and Masculinity, 11, 161-169.

 

Smiler, A. P. (2004). Thirty years after gender: Concepts and measures of masculinity. Sex Roles, 50, 15-26.

 

Whorley, M. R., & Addis, M. E. (2006). Ten years of psychological research on men and masculinity in the united states: Dominant methodological trends. Sex Roles, 55, 649-658.

 

Wong, Y. J., Steinfeldt, J. A., Speight, Q. L., & Hickman, S. J. (2010). Content analysis of Psychology of Men & Masculinity (2000-2008). Psychology of Men and Masculinity, 11, 170-181.