Millennial Men: A Correlational Study between Masculinity, Emotional Expression, and Mental Health


Social Work

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Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)

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Clinical research paper


Kendra Garrett


This study aimed to explore the question: do American, millennial men that try to achieve masculine ideals have less ability to express themselves emotionally and do they have less positive mental health and well-being? The population sample gathered consisted of 44 American, male participants between the ages of 35 and 21. The data was measured via a survey that consisted of two questionnaires, the Gender Role Conflict Scale and the Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-Being Scale as well as several demographic questions consisting of a total of 55 questions for the survey. The survey was administered online via Qualtrics Survey Software. The design of the study was a quantitative, correlational design. The results did not find a significant, positive relationship between gender role conflict and mental health and well-being or between emotional expression and mental health and well-being. Participants in this study had an average of moderate levels of gender role conflict (not severe levels of gender role conflict) and average mental well-being scores suggesting that men may be experiencing less gender role conflict pressures than men from previous studies. Gaining understanding and perspective on how this could affect men may be beneficial towards understanding what new generations of men are struggling with and how they may differ from previous generations.


men, masculinity, mental health, gender

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