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Bias Against Men and Boys in Mental Health Research

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Uploaded on Jun 2, 2010

We all know about male bashing on television. Sadly, there is a similar bias in mental health research. This video give a quick glimpse into three studies which show this anti-male bias.

We have all grown to trust "research" and when we hear that a study shows that "X is correct" we tend to automatically believe that "X" is correct. Research has taken on an almost divine ethos that carries the seal of approval of correctness. If science says it, it must be so. The problem of course is that science, especially social science, is less than concrete and is much more slippery than measuring a distance or the tensile strength of a bar of steel. Mental health research is much more vulnerable to values and ideologies of the researchers. If a scientist believes a certain thing it usually has little impact on his measurements of the tensile strength of the bar of steel. No matter what he believes the measurement will likely be the same. But what about issues in social sciences where researchers come to the table with a large amount of preconceived ideas, allegiances to ideologies that espouse strong opinions about those being studied or have traumatic life histories that bias them against certain groups? Can those sorts of things influence the "findings" of a social science study? You bet they can. Gone is the impartial judge weighing the evidence and sifting through the data to find the truth. In today's world of social science research the opposite is happening: researchers are starting at their pre-conceived bias's and then designing research to prove that bias. As bizarre as that sounds it is demonstrably true in some social science research. You will see some of that within this video.

Teen Violence, NSPCC -- full report
http://www.nspcc.org.uk/Inform/resear...

exec summary
http://www.nspcc.org.uk/Inform/resear...

CMNI --
https://umdrive.memphis.edu/slease/pu...

Reproductive Coercion I don't think this one is online for free. You can buy a copy here --Contraception Journal

http://www.contraceptionjournal.org/

I wrote an article that goes into more detail then you find on the youtube. You can find it here:

PART ONE
http://www.avoiceformen.com/series/to...

PART TWO
http://www.avoiceformen.com/men/boys/...

PART THREE

http://www.avoiceformen.com/updates/m...

PART FOUR

http://www.avoiceformen.com/series/to...

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