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Thursday, 11 October 2018 19:12

Man Box study to look at attitudes & behaviours of young men

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1018MensProjectThe attitudes and behaviours of young men towards gender stereotypes, mental health and wellbeing, violence and relationships will be explored in an Australian-first research project launched by Jesuit Social Services’ (JSS) The Men’s Project this month.

The Man Box research is focused on the attitudes towards manhood and behaviours of young Australian men aged 18 to 30. It is part of the Man Box Project which has been established to provide leadership on the reduction of violence and other harmful behaviours prevalent among boys and men, and build new approaches to improve their wellbeing and keep families and communities safe.

"We have surveyed 1,000 young men as part of the project," JSS says on its website. "The findings of the Man Box will shed a new light on the social pressures that young Australian men experience to be a ‘real man’ and the impact that this can have on their wellbeing, behaviours and the safety of our wider community.

"Understanding the state of young men provides a basis for us to identify positives and problems, as well as areas where action is required to better support the next generation."

The research is modelled on The Man Box study which was released in the US, UK and Mexico in 2017 by Promundo, a Brazilian-based non-governmental organisation with offices around the world, that works in collaboration to promote caring, non-violent and equitable masculinities and gender relations in Brazil and internationally.

"We will mark the release of The Man Box study in Melbourne with a public conversation on The Attitudes and Experiences of Young Men in Australia Today," JSS says.

The panel discussion will feature musician Adrian Eagle, Sydney Swans AFL captain Josh Kennedy (who is an Ambassador for The Men’s Project), OurWatch CEO Patti Kinnersly and VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter.

The event will be held on Wednesday, October 17 at Village Roadshow Theatrette, State Library of Victoria, from 4pm.

To RSVP for the event or to read this article as it was first published on the Jesuit Social Services website, click here.