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Georgia State: Masculinity and Violence Against Women from a Social-Ecological Perspective: Implications for Prevention

Dr. Dennis Reidy and Dr. Monica Swahn, faculty in the Georgia State University School of Public Health, have collaborated with colleagues to publish a chapter on gender-based violence in the “Handbook of Interpersonal Violence across the Lifespan”.

According to the researchers, the prescriptive and rigid nature of masculine gender roles has repeatedly been associated with a host of physical and mental health consequences for men and women alike.  In particular, a body of literature demonstrates a significant relationship between boys’ and men’s conformity to masculine gender roles and their perpetration of violence against girls and women.  In their report, the researchers briefly define masculine gender roles and review the measurement of masculinity before presenting literature linking masculinity to intimate partner violence (IPV) and sexual violence (SV) at various layers of the social ecology.

The research team discusses what prevention strategies currently look like at different levels of the social ecology and describe potential new strategies.  The differentiation between direct prevention strategies – those strategies explicitly developed to prevent IPV/SV – and indirect prevention strategies, strategies not originally intended for violence prevention but that may indirectly prevent violence (e.g., policies for paid leave, gender wage gap, etc.) are also discussed.  The report ends with caveats, conclusions, and future directions. 

Learn more about Dr. Dennis Reidy.

Learn more about Dr. Monica Swahn.

Learn more about the chapter in “Handbook of Interpersonal Violence across the Lifespan.”

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