In This Article Expand or collapse the "in this article" section Clinical Social Work Practice with Males

  • Introduction
  • Journal Articles with Particular Models of Practice
  • Journal Articles Focused on Specific Problem Areas
  • Journal Articles Providing a Historical Background to Work with Men

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Social Work Clinical Social Work Practice with Males
Robert Blundo, J. Christopher Hall
  • LAST MODIFIED: 11 January 2018
  • DOI: 10.1093/obo/9780195389678-0262


Social work practice focuses specifically on males or females is a more limited area of scholarship when compared to those focused on general models of practice within social work. The majority of practice texts and journals do not differentiate gender when presenting a theory or method of practice. Males are similarly less of a focus than women and other specified groups other than gender. Overall, males are less likely to be a focus of social work practice literature than in other disciplines such as psychology and counseling. Many of the approaches to working with males, in particular early writings, address issues of masculinity as a necessary step in working with males. Social work practice with males can be examined from a policy, population, community or individual perspective, and while all of these areas of practice are important, this article is limited to references addressing clinical practice with individuals and small groups. To that end, while the primary focus is clinical social work practice, references are included from psychology, psychotherapy, and counseling. These references are important, as significant crossover scholarship and research from parallel fields adds to the literature base of social work practice with males. While this article focuses primarily on practice with adult males, a section and selected references addressing practice with male youth and children is included.

Description of Selection Process

The material is organized according to the format, such as books, handbooks, and journal articles. The content includes only those works that describe a specific process of intervention in either individual and/or group settings. Research that is focused on the outcome of a specific practice or intervention is included if the practice is well defined as to be replicated by practitioners. Similarly, research focused on specific constructs, such as masculinity and its implications for working with men, is not included unless a specific practice is being described that can be replicated by practitioners. Working with young males or boys is also included since very little scholarship in practice with this male age group is available. One exception in this article is the text When Men Grieve (Levang 1998, cited under Books and Handbooks Focused on Unique Content). It is included because of its unique focus on men and can be helpful for practitioners in terms of possible work with men grieving. The references are in chronological order and alphabetically within a common year, starting from the most recent. The fact that there are very few publications on or about working with men, the following will be organized to help locate a particular practice approach and differences based on a particular problem. The list is separated into Books, Handbooks, and guides, and journals. Dates before 1990 are included if they are related to a specific group of men or are significant in terms of early ideas focused on practice with men. The following references provide descriptions of practice ideas and examples when working with men. Works are included that are meant to approach work in a general way or with a particular focus, such as feminist theory in Mintz 2013, sexual dysfunction in Rowland 2012, trans-theoretical in Brooks 2010, and men at risk in Furman 2010 (all cited under Books).

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