|Male Development Research|
Derrick M. Gordon, Ph.D., Director
In keeping with the mission of the Division of Prevention & Community Research, the area of Research, Policy and Program on Male Development (RPPMD) aims to identify and isolate factors that support and preclude men and boys from being healthy relationship, family, community, and societal members. These goals will be achieved through core prevention and intervention research using both quantitative and qualitative methods, policy development, program development, and community consultation. This area seeks to bring a body of knowledge that reflects the experiences and successes of this population and from this build sound research, policy, and program through the integration of lessons learned. It seeks to understand what resources are needed to support these men and boys successfully attaining the requisite skills to assume a productive role within their family and community systems. Embedded in this understanding is the knowledge that there are assets used within this population that serve as mediators to the stressors impacting them and their experiences. As this work develops, strengthening those protective factors will be a goal of this area.
This work is conceptualized within developmental, ecological, racial/ethnic, cultural, masculinity, and contextual frameworks. It is within these frameworks that we will examine how these factors impact on the experiences of men and boys. Important to this analysis is the role that disparities have on their lives and begin to demonstrate how these disparities are not only impacted by individual factors intrinsic to the men and boys but are colored by the larger relationship, community, and social forces. This work will build on the identification of strategies that maximize the entry of this population of men and boys and, as a result, lend them better able to assume the expected role of positive family and community member.