*Important Update regarding the BPS ballot*
BPS members should eagerly anticipate the arrival of the April edition of The Psychologist, because it will include a postal ballot on whether there should be a Male Psychology Section of the British Psychological Society. Success is by no means guaranteed, so we are urging all of you to vote a resounding YES, and be sure to ask other psychologists to do the same. More information can be found here.
With your help we have exceeded our quota of 500 votes! Many thanks to everyone who voted for the Male Psychology Section of the BPS, and especially those who also let their colleagues and peers know about the vote. What you have done is a really important step towards dealing with issues like suicide more effectively. But we still have one further step before the Section officially comes into being.
Once the BPS have ratified our vote in November, they will initiate a further ballot on the new Section. This means that at some point in the new year all BPS members will be sent a voting slip asking them whether they support the creation of the Male Psychology Section. You should return your ballot paper to the BPS in their envelope, and fingers crossed we will have good news at the BPS AGM around Easter 2017.
Thanks once again everyone. Just one more tick in a box and we are there.
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. 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.
To meet the requirements of Rule 37 (2) we require at least one per cent of Society members to vote for the new Section. If you are a member of the BPS, you are invited to vote for the formation of the Section by clicking here.