Why a Male Psychology Section?
For a number of years now, there has been a growing awareness that some issues affect men and boys more than women and girls. One obvious example is that suicide rates are roughly three times higher in men than women. Despite this and other important gender differences (for example in addiction, homelessness, imprisonment and educational performance) there has been relatively little attention paid - even within our own discipline of psychology - to why males are disproportionately affected by these serious issues. The aim of the proposed Male Psychology Section therefore is simple: it is for the BPS to take a lead in promoting awareness, research and understanding of male gender psychology. The Male Psychology Section will thus help to expand our overall understanding of the full diversity of the human condition and enrich our understanding of men and women, both in their differences and also in their common humanity.
Psychology is a field that was dominated by men for many years, so it is perhaps easy to forget that today psychology has become a field that attracts more women than men, and indeed there has been a BPS section for the psychology of women since 1988, and US psychologists have had a male Section (called Division 51) of the APA since 1995. Given the significance of the problems experienced by men and boys today, we believe that the time is long overdue for the establishment of a Male Psychology Section of the BPS.
The initial proposal to form a new Male Psychology Section has been endorsed by the BPS Board of Trustees, having met the requirements of Rule 37 (1) In compliance with the Charter Statutes and Rules, a further 1% of the BPS membership have indicated that they believe a Male Psychology Section would be beneficial to the Society. The final step if for the decision to go to a national ballot of BPS members.
If you are a member of the BPS, you are invited to vote for the formation of the Section by voting for it when the ballot comes out in early May 2018. A postal version of the ballot paper will be delivered to you with the May edition of The Psychologist magazine, and details of an electronic voting method will be released soon too.
If you encounter any problems while casting your vote please get in touch with John Barry directly.
Please also vote for the other proposed new Sections for the British Psychology Society - all have merit and no doubt will be an asset to our understanding of psychology and it's development as a science. Information about these can be found here.