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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Scott Leon, BS (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This book describes different approaches to delivering psychotherapy to men.
Purpose: To convey the importance and role of the male stereotype (e.g. his need to be independent, aggressive, and impervious to emotional stress) when practicing psychotherapy with men is the purpose. This indeed is a worthy objective due to the fact that a large number of men receive psychotherapy and because of the immense burden that the male stereotype places on them. The editors are successful in meeting their objective.
Audience: The audience, according to the editors, is practitioners who deliver psychotherapy to men. The contributors successfully provide a wide range of therapeutic theories and techniques for the reader to consider. The emphasis always remains on dealing with the male's stereotypical gender role in therapy and understanding how it precipitates symptomatology.
Features: The editors fail to consider (at enough length) the role that diagnosis plays in male psychopathology. For instance, are we to assume that the substantial differences between neurotics and non-neurotics simply wash out once we take into consideration the "male gender role?" This book seems more suited to the male neurotic, and less suited for men with more serious symptomatology (for whom we often find more primitive and less gendered forms of sexuality).
Assessment: Again, this book is successful at describing different approaches to psychotherapy with the neurotic male patient. The editors and contributors do a good job of tailoring the theories they use (such as psychoanalytic or CBT) to the treatment of men.