Resilience and Gender Development for At-Risk Adolescent Males: Psychosocial Intervention Program Development

Julia Tilling
The University of Queensland, Australia

Series: Social Issues, Justice and Status
BISAC: SOC027000


Volume 10

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Special issue: Resilience in breaking the cycle of children’s environmental health disparities
Edited by I Leslie Rubin, Robert J Geller, Abby Mutic, Benjamin A Gitterman, Nathan Mutic, Wayne Garfinkel, Claire D Coles, Kurt Martinuzzi, and Joav Merrick


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This book will address the need for gender issues and the discourses of power to be explored within resilience frameworks to achieve successful outcomes for at-risk males in intervention programs. Due to the western valorisation of traditional masculinities, the “backlash politics” debate internationally constrains challenges to the existing gender order within intervention programs.

The discussion will deal with the notion of hegemonic masculinities and how boys with behaviour problems act out traditional masculinities to gain a sense of male power. It will focus on the notion of at-riskness, which defines these boys as the new victims of accepted social values and does not address the issues of how men victimise other men from different ethnic, class, and sexual preference minority groups, through violent and aggressive tactics. For these boys, exploring the interplay of hegemonic masculinities within society will enable them to move into connecting protective processes/factors within intervention programs and the community.

The book makes suggestions for the design and implementation of future intervention/preventative programs that will integrate gender construction and resilient protective processes/factors. (Imprint: Nova)


List of Figures and Tables


Chapter One: Masculinities and Resilience

Chapter Two: Context of the Boys

Chapter Three: Masculinities and At-risk Adolescent Males

Chapter Four: Risk and Resilience

Chapter Five: Gender, Resilience and Self

Chapter Six: Gender Theories

Chapter Seven: Power and Authority

Chapter Eight: Implications and Further Research




“Julia Tilling’s imaginative combination of sociological ideas about masculinities and psychological ideas about resilience produces an interesting and promising approach to educational interventions with youth. She gives a thoughtful account of the boys involved in such an intervention, and shows that educational innovation in this difficult field is alive and well.” - Professor Raewyn Connell, Faculty of Education & Social Work, University of Sydney, Australia

"Dr Tilling's book is concerned with understanding the social psychological interventions for resilience and gender development of at-risk adolescent males. It draws on both sociological and psychological perspectives to describe the power relations and the protective factors of adolescent males in terms of internal and external assets that build resilience. Practical solution-based interventions that promote resilience and address the issues of gender constructions are fully articulated in the latter part of the book. This book is an essential resource for teachers, child, school, and counseling psychologists, social workers, and allied education and community mental health professionals who want to find new insights and possible solutions to adolescent males engaging in at-risk behaviours." - Professor Annemaree Carroll, The University of Queensland, Australia

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