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"Manly Men' Bounce Back Better From Injury
U. of Missouri ^ | Mar 14 2007 | Jennifer Faddis

Posted on 03/16/2007 3:55:36 AM PDT by Pharmboy

Traditional Masculinity Can Aid Recovery from Serious Injuries, MU Study Finds

COLUMBIA, Mo. - For years, experts have said that the strong, silent male is not one to ask for help when he's hurt, and therefore at a disadvantage when it comes to getting better. But new research says this might not be completely accurate. This masculine identity often associated with men in the armed forces and other high-risk occupations may actually encourage and quicken a man's recovery from serious injuries, says a new exploratory study from the University of Missouri-Columbia. The study is the first to quantitatively confirm correlations between masculinity and men's recovery.

The study assessed men's conformity to masculine roles and included a longitudinal component in which their level of improvement in functioning was assessed. It found that men with higher masculinity conformity levels were observed to display greater improvement from initial hospitalization to one year after leaving the hospital.

Though more research is needed, Glenn Good, associate professor of educational, school and counseling psychology in MU College of Education, said the study provides some unexpected findings. Previous studies have generally found that more traditional views of masculinity are barriers toward health and recovery, in that it encourages dangerous activities and discourages men from seeking help with their problems or accepting vulnerability.

"It has long been assumed that men are not as concerned and don't take as good of care of their health," Good said, "but what we're seeing here is that the same ideas that led to their injuries may actually encourage their recovery."

The tenets of traditional masculinity have been said to include the ability to withstand hardship, 'stick-to-it-iveness' and the willingness to see something through to the end, according to the study.

"The immediate message here is to encourage psychotherapy along with traditional methods of healing," Good said. "Most people with serious injuries are provided primarily biomedical treatments, but it is important to look at psycho-social issues that affect their recovery as well. In terms of a social response, this study encourages us to redefine strength and masculinity in ways that benefit every stage of health care."

This study also can shed some light on what the wounded soldiers from Iraq may be facing," Good said. "The war in Iraq is the first in which such a large number of soldiers are surviving injuries that would once have been fatal, and we as a nation are going to be living with their care for a while."

The study was published in the American Psychological Association's journal Psychology of Men and Masculinity. -30-

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; US: Missouri
KEYWORDS: healing; men; nosheetsherlock; psychobabble; recovery
American Psychological Association's journal Psychology of Men and Masculinity. Hmmm...I thought they didn't care and only studied women in academia. Perhaps we're clawing our way back to relevance, lads.
1 posted on 03/16/2007 3:55:42 AM PDT by Pharmboy
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To: aculeus; blam; SunkenCiv; wagglebee; weegee; Joe Brower

A manly ping...


2 posted on 03/16/2007 3:56:59 AM PDT by Pharmboy ([She turned me into a] Newt! in '08)
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To: Pharmboy
For years, experts have said that the strong, silent male is not one to ask for help when he's hurt, and therefore at a disadvantage when it comes to getting better. But new research says this might not be completely accurate.

We need a better class of experts...

3 posted on 03/16/2007 3:58:34 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Pharmboy

4 posted on 03/16/2007 3:59:28 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

My first LOL of the day!! THAT'S the way to start a Friday...


5 posted on 03/16/2007 4:03:33 AM PDT by Pharmboy ([She turned me into a] Newt! in '08)
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To: Pharmboy

We just don't endlessly whine about it.


6 posted on 03/16/2007 4:06:23 AM PDT by rockprof
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To: Pharmboy
The tenets of traditional masculinity have been said to include the ability to withstand hardship, 'stick-to-it-iveness' and the willingness to see something through to the end, according to the study.

Gee, guess which qualities pay off during rehab?

7 posted on 03/16/2007 4:07:05 AM PDT by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: 1rudeboy
Don't show that picture to General Pace, OK?

Cheers,
CSG
8 posted on 03/16/2007 4:07:15 AM PDT by CompSciGuy (Duncan Hunter for 2008 - no flip-floppers or RINO's please...)
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To: Pharmboy

Hello... experts? Darwin? Remember him?


9 posted on 03/16/2007 4:14:52 AM PDT by rhombus
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To: Pharmboy

Experts. Is there anything they actually know?


10 posted on 03/16/2007 4:45:01 AM PDT by Killborn (Age of servitude. A government of the traitors, by the liars, for the sheep.)
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To: Pharmboy

What is this "injury" thing I keep hearing about?


11 posted on 03/16/2007 4:46:32 AM PDT by Hatteras
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To: Pharmboy
Pain heals. Chicks dig scars. Glory... lasts forever.
12 posted on 03/16/2007 4:49:15 AM PDT by Hatteras
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To: Pharmboy
I didn't know there were any manly men alive any more..I thought there were only girlie boys left in the world..at least the news talks more about girlie boys..
13 posted on 03/16/2007 4:58:21 AM PDT by Beth528
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To: Pharmboy

This I knew. What I still don't know is, can you bottle it, and if so, how much for a case of it?


14 posted on 03/16/2007 5:13:38 AM PDT by Graymatter
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To: Beth528

Snort. I was going to challenge you to a fistfight or a duel but with a name like that you're either a big sissy or a girl! ;^)


15 posted on 03/16/2007 5:20:08 AM PDT by The Spirit Of Allegiance (Public Employees: Honor Your Oaths! Defend the Constitution from Enemies--Foreign and Domestic!)
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To: The Spirit Of Allegiance

I am a woman, you pick the spot and I will be there for the fist fight...LOL!


16 posted on 03/16/2007 5:23:53 AM PDT by Beth528
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To: Pharmboy

"Suck it up."
"Shake it off."
"Get over it."

There's a lot to be said for the power of the mind.


17 posted on 03/16/2007 5:24:29 AM PDT by SampleMan (Islamic tolerance is practiced by killing you last.)
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To: Beth528

I'd never tussle with a Lady, Miss. Us real men, we defend and protect Ladies!


18 posted on 03/16/2007 5:29:30 AM PDT by The Spirit Of Allegiance (Public Employees: Honor Your Oaths! Defend the Constitution from Enemies--Foreign and Domestic!)
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To: Pharmboy
Tens of thousands of dollars to study the obvious.

The ridiculous vanity of higher education.
19 posted on 03/16/2007 5:32:17 AM PDT by Vision ("You are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed." Luke 10:41-42)
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To: The Spirit Of Allegiance
I would never have a fist fight..ladies don't do things like that..They let their manly men take care of it..Good to see there is a manly man around still..You know I am just kidding about this what i meant in my first comment is all the news reports on any more is Fags or someone coming out of the closet..or Steve not being able to marry Steve...
20 posted on 03/16/2007 5:33:57 AM PDT by Beth528
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To: Beth528

Of course, Dear. Now put down that curling iron. You scare me.


21 posted on 03/16/2007 5:35:29 AM PDT by The Spirit Of Allegiance (Public Employees: Honor Your Oaths! Defend the Constitution from Enemies--Foreign and Domestic!)
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To: Hatteras
What is this "injury" thing I keep hearing about?

"Injury" is that pain that slowly fades after your wife or girlfriend kicks you square in the jewels because you smiled at some woman on the street. ;-P

22 posted on 03/16/2007 5:42:11 AM PDT by MortMan (Good health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die.)
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To: Pharmboy
I am emailing this article to my mom, maybe now she will get off my back when I get sick or injured.

31 years old and she still wants to treat me like I'm 7. I love her to death but the nurse in her never stops.
23 posted on 03/16/2007 5:43:43 AM PDT by A Texan (Oderint dum metuant)
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To: Pharmboy

Did this study give any consideration to the possibility that "manly men" are more likely to be in better physical condition when they get injured and that could lead to their faster recovery?


24 posted on 03/16/2007 6:09:26 AM PDT by rwa265
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To: Pharmboy

Yeah? Well, weebils wobble, but they don't fall down!


25 posted on 03/16/2007 6:12:29 AM PDT by bluesagewoman
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To: A Texan
31 years old and she still wants to treat me like I'm 7. I love her to death but the nurse in her never stops.

Yup. At 51, my 85 year old mother still tries to tell me how to take care of myself everytime I sniff or cough. God bless her.

26 posted on 03/16/2007 6:18:25 AM PDT by OB1kNOb (After 20+ LONG years, a REAL conservative I can support 4 President - DUNCAN HUNTER '08)
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To: Killborn

What the "experts" don't know, "advocates" do.


27 posted on 03/16/2007 6:23:15 AM PDT by metesky ("Brethren, leave us go amongst them." Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton - Ward Bond- The Searchers)
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To: Pharmboy

bump


28 posted on 03/16/2007 6:26:43 AM PDT by dangerdoc (dangerdoc (not actually dangerous any more))
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To: Hatteras
"What is this "injury" thing I keep hearing about?"

It's a means of getting weakness to leave your body.

29 posted on 03/16/2007 6:27:58 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack
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To: rockprof

more like we don't grab every crutch we can. becoming dependant on a crutch will slow recovery.
a crutch can be anything. wife catering to your needs, pain meds, time off work, etc.


30 posted on 03/16/2007 6:38:59 AM PDT by absolootezer0 (stop repeat offenders - don't re-elect them!)
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To: SampleMan

I guess those football coaches knew something after all.


31 posted on 03/16/2007 6:40:28 AM PDT by Pharmboy ([She turned me into a] Newt! in '08)
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To: Pharmboy

The author is, incredibly, a Harvard professor.

32 posted on 03/16/2007 6:45:13 AM PDT by aculeus (Ceci n'est pas une tagline.)
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To: rockprof

"The immediate message here is to encourage psychotherapy along with traditional methods of healing,"


The psychotherapy aspect of a manly man. "Get out of bed and get back to work you p*ssy"

"traditional methods of healing" Take an asprin and ignore any left over pain.


33 posted on 03/16/2007 6:48:03 AM PDT by CJ Wolf
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To: aculeus

I went to graduate school with a Harvard grad (from Iowa) who was a QB for the Johnny's football team. He was a tough guy (smart and nice also). It might be rare, but it happens...


34 posted on 03/16/2007 7:01:11 AM PDT by Pharmboy ([She turned me into a] Newt! in '08)
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To: Pharmboy

"...this study encourages us to redefine strength and masculinity..."

Why, to help the health care industry? ;')


35 posted on 03/16/2007 11:03:21 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (I last updated my profile on Sunday, March 11, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: metesky

Advocates are more informed than experts?

Then again, most so called experts are more like advocates.


36 posted on 03/16/2007 1:51:04 PM PDT by Killborn (Age of servitude. A government of the traitors, by the liars, for the sheep.)
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To: Pharmboy
Ooooooooooooooooooooooooh,

I'm a lumberjack, and I'm okay,
I sleep all night and I work all day.

37 posted on 03/16/2007 1:53:00 PM PDT by avg_freeper (Gunga galunga. Gunga, gunga galunga)
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