Affective Masculinities: Emotions and Mental Health

  • Brendan Gough


This chapter explores how men today are developing their emotional repertoires, with particular reference to mental health and well-being. Background information on male mental health is provided, relating to men’s relative reluctance to seek help for psychological problems, ‘masked’ depression, and male suicide. Three studies are then featured which focus on how men perform emotions in online environments in situations where they may experience vulnerability: weight management, infertility, and depression. Within these online forums, which offer anonymity and peer support, we witness a range of emotional displays from men, which bodes well for psychological well-being. However, I also note the continued influence of traditional masculinity norms which may operate to constrain, police, or downplay expressions of vulnerability. Implications for male mental health promotion are discussed.


Emotion Mental health Well-being Vulnerability Depression 


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  • Brendan Gough
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  1. 1.Leeds Beckett UniversityLeedsUK

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