Showing Emotion is not Bad for Boys
National Association of Social Workers member Jennifer Kogan, explains in this Washington Post blog why it is important to let boys cry and express other emotions.
Our culture actively encourages boys to become more stoic, with some parents discouraging boys as young as four or five from crying.
However Kogan, who cited several studies in her blog, said boys who are more emotionally expressive were less likely to develop depression or consider suicide, which occurs more frequently in males after age 16.
Getting boys to express what they are feeling could also help prevent future relationship problems, Kogan, MSW, LICSW, said.
“My concern starts with the boys themselves and extends to the men they will become and the families they will create,” she said. “Oftentimes, when I am working with a couple in therapy, men will tell me they, ‘aren’t good with feelings’ or, ‘they don’t have a lot of feelings.’”
Social workers such as Kogan help children and families overcome life’s hurdles. To learn more visit the National Association of Social Workers’ “Help Starts Here” Kids and Families website by clicking here.
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