Men at Risk Men's Social Health within Families and Intimate ...

Men at Risk Men's Social Health within Families and Intimate ...

MEN AT RISK Mens Social Health within Families and Intimate Relationships Emily M. Douglas, Ph.D. Bridgewater State University Massachusetts Family Impact Seminar Boston, Massachusetts March 30, 2011 Social Health What is social health? Accounting/Tally of our indicators of social well-being

Range of possible factors: Poverty level Child maltreatment/Family violence Teen suicide Alcohol and drug abuse Housing conditions Todays Talk: Mens Social Health in DIVORCED FAMILIES DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN INTIMATE RELATIONSHIPS Fathers in Divorced Families

Divorce in the U.S. Divorce Rates 1960-2008 25 20 15 10 5 0 0 6 19 5 6

19 0 7 19 5 7 19 0 8 19 5 8

19 0 9 19 5 9 19 0 0 20 5 0

20 7 0 20 Rate of divorce per 1,000 married women, aged 15 and older Source: National Center for Health Statistics, Statistical Abstract of the U.S., National 8 0 20 Men Dont Take Marriage Seriously

Divorced Fathers: Dont Care About Children Divorced Fathers: Dont Care About Children-Dont Want Life Disrupted What Happens After Divorce? Most men are not granted custody postdivorce ~ 25% of divorced fathers have shared living arrangement with former wife (physical or residential custody) More than 50% of divorced fathers have right to help make decisions about children (legal custody, parental rights

and responsibilities, decision-making) Medical, Education, Religion Divorced Dads A Spectacle How do Men Respond to Divorce? Lower income than married men More likely abuse alcohol than married men Grieve loss of father role Often feel shut out of childrens lives May be uninformed about childrens lives (if have poor communication with mother)

Struggle with how to remain involved in school/extracurricular activities Feel financial strain: conflict of paying child support, but making own residence home Difficult balance between parenting role and Disneyland Dad What Many Divorced Fathers Experience What Can States Do? Common Responses: Mediation: For couples who cannot resolve differences

Parent Education: Required educational-seminar about effects of divorce on children and family Parenting Plans: Lay-out post-divorce agreement; foster shared parenting What Can States Do? Common Responses: Joint/Shared Custody: Encourage in statute Presumption Joint/Shared Custody: State presumes best arrangement for all families Mass House Bill H02684: In making an order or judgment relative to the custody of any minor child there shall be a rebuttable presumption that the parents shall have shared legal and

physical custody of the minor child. Such presumption may be rebutted by either party by a preponderance of the evidence that the other parent has engaged in a pattern or serious incident of abuse or neglect of the minor child In making any order or judgment concerning the parenting schedule of each parent with any minor child, the rights of the parents shall be equal, absent emergency, abuse or neglect of the child by one of the parents. The court shall maximize the amount of time the child spends with each parent, to the extent possible. 2004 MA State Ballot-Presumption for Joint Custody Yes No Berkshire

Bristol Essex Franklin Hampden Hampshire Middlesex Norfolk Suffolk Worcester 0 0 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 0 ,0 0,0 0,0 0,0 0,0 0,0 0,0 0,0 0,0 0,0 0,0 0,0 0,0 0 1

2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 What Can States Do? Make commitment to collect information on child custody outcomes

Legislation for Divorced/Disrupted Families in the New England States Divorce Presumption Stat Parenting Joint/Shared e CT Mediation

Yes, not mandatory Education Prgm Plans Yes, mandatory Yes, mandatory in disputes ME Yes, mandatory

in disputes Yes, not mandatory No MA No Yes, mandatory No NH

Yes, not mandatory RI Yes, not mandatory Yes, mandatory Yes, mandatory No No Custody

Permitted through statute Permitted; encourages frequent and continuing contact with both parents Permitted through statute for Joint Custody Yes, for joint

decisionmaking, only when both parents agree No No Permitted through statute Yes, for decisionmaking resp. only

No provision No Men Who SustainViolence in Intimate Relationships Men Who Sustain Intimate Partner Violence We tend to think of domestic violence as a womans issue Women-victims Men-perpetrators

Commonly true Overlook many, many victims men Is IPV against men a serious issue? Female-Male Partner Violence Female-Male Partner Violence Female-Male Partner Violence is Not Serious

Not Only in Cartoons TV, Too 2006 episode called Knee Jerk Carrie becomes angry with Doug and pushes him down the stairs He sustains an injury and has to go to the ER This is never labeled as partner violence Seen as a source of humor, comedy

More Recently Tiger Woods; He Had it Coming to Him Men Who Sustain Partner Violence DOJ in 2009, 117,210 men were physically assaulted by an intimate partner, most of whom were women Men were 18% of all IPV victims that year National Violence Against Women Survey found that 40% of all IPV victims during a 1-year time period were men

About 1.3 per 1,000 men are physically assaulted by a partner each year Men are often injured, too 1%-20% of men who were assaulted by partner were injured This is 12%-40% of all intimate partner injuries, and 27% of all injuries requiring medical attention Why Do Men Stay? Are concerned about their children.

Have a commitment to marriage. Love their partners. Fear that they be separated from their children. Belief that their partners will change. Lack of financial resources to go any other place. Are embarrassed that friends and family will find out. Worry that their partners will kill themselves or members of their families. Where Do Men Seek Help? DV agency 43.7

DV hotline 23.4 Medical provider 18.1 Mental health provider 66.2 Online 63.4

Police 46.3 0 10 20 30 40 50 60

Percent Who Used Each Resource 70 80 90 How Helpful? How Helpful Was This Resource? DV agency DV hotline Medical provider Mental health provider Online

Police 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70

Percent responding Somewhat or Very Helpful 80 90 What Can States Do? Use gender-inclusive language State statutes Education-based programs Training for service providers

Maximize resources without straining DV agencies Treat male and female victims together Valley Oasis Family Violence Shelter in CA For more information For more information about social policy issues in Massachusetts, please go to website of MGC Infolink, which is

a resource that provides information about social policy issues in Massachusetts www.mgcinfolink.i For more information Emily M. Douglas, Ph.D. Assistant Professor School of Social Work Bridgewater State University [email protected] 508.531.2012

Recently Viewed Presentations

  • Using XML Mapper and Enterprise Guide to Read Data and ...

    Using XML Mapper and Enterprise Guide to Read Data and ...

    Using XML Mapper and Enterprise Guide to Read Data and Metadata from an XML File. Larry Hoyle, Inst. ... XMLMap File - From Hierarchy to Tables ... DOCTYPE element encountered. The SAS XML Libname Engine does not support processing of...
  • UG Contact - Quad State Instructors

    UG Contact - Quad State Instructors

    Job - Incident #1. On way to transformer change out; Service truck was in the process of making a left hand turn from highway to side road. Service truck had turn signal on.
  • A Convex Polynomial that is not SOS-Convex - Princeton University

    A Convex Polynomial that is not SOS-Convex - Princeton University

    Princeton, ORFE Some slides/examples courtesy of: Peter J. Ramadge, Ronnie Sircar * Fall 2016 The format of this short course * I'll use these PowerPoint slides as a guideline Will run the scripts in MATLAB here for you to see...
  • Option A.2 Environmental Factors and Performance

    Option A.2 Environmental Factors and Performance

    Source: vbio.weebly.com, Thermoregulation In similar size individuals body composition affects the thermoregulation. Even though the gender differences are small there is a few slight differences in thermoregulation.
  • Positivity In Workplace Conflict Management

    Positivity In Workplace Conflict Management

    Positivity reverberates to three degrees of separation (Framingham Heart Study) and develops upward spirals of positive momentum in organizations (Frederickson). FOR INDIVIDUALS Mimicking a Duchenne smile increases happiness (Kraft and Pressman), as does singing and listening to music (so long...
  • Canadian Geography 1202 - Mr. Tucker's Classroom

    Canadian Geography 1202 - Mr. Tucker's Classroom

    Canadian Geography 1202. Unit One - Natural and Human Systems. What Are Systems? A system is made up of many parts that connect to form a whole. Is . E. arth system? Systems. Systems are connected into a complex web....
  • A NEW BAND PLAN FOR 15.7 - IEEE Standards Association

    A NEW BAND PLAN FOR 15.7 - IEEE Standards Association

    This documents introduce the V2I CAMCOM Link design consideration for VAT. The proposed Lighting infrastructure system model design parameters consideration for VAT to operate on the application services like ITS, ADAS, etc on road condition, Bio-Plant / Manufacturing Industry Safety...
  • Western Civilization II

    Western Civilization II

    Western Civilization II ... Reacting to Scholastics The Renaissance The late Middle Ages was a time of creative fragmentation. ... determined whether you were going to be successful Sombart's Thesis Capitalism and Luxury The Renaissance gave people the opportunity to...