Health disparities in boys and men

Psychologists are addressing health disparities of underrepresented boys and men in the United States

By Lula A. Beatty, PhD

The newly formed APA Health Disparities in Boys & Men Working Group held its first convening on July 16-17, 2013, at the Kellogg Conference Center at Gallaudet University. The working group was established as part of APA's strategic initiative on health disparities — housed within APA's Public Interest Directorate — to develop strategies on how APA and psychology can better address health disparities and needs of underrepresented boys and men in the United States.

At this convening, the body of interdisciplinary scholars outlined a comprehensive report on three key areas where male health disparities are present: stress, trauma/violence and substance abuse/addiction. A core focus of the discussions was on developing a multi-pronged dissemination strategy for the Working Group's scientific products, developing strategic community-academic partnerships and preparing the psychology workforce to address male health disparities.