“Masculine Men” are more likely to suffer Mental health (Post #3)

Women are usually the target of sexism by the dominant power — men. The focus of women being the victims foreshadows the connections behind men continuing to support sexism. The Press Release, “Sexism May Be Harmful to Men’s Mental Health”, by Jim Sliwa, published on the American Psychological Association website, talks about the article research, “Meta-Analyses of the Relationship Between Conformity to Masculine Norms and Mental Health-Related Outcomes”, conducted and written by Y. Joel Wong, Ph.D. and his colleagues from the Journal of Counseling Psychology, which analyzes the relationship between men who follow strongly “masculine norms” and mental health. Eleven norms or beliefs that society has toward being “masculine” were used to conduct the research, for example; dominance, sexual promiscuity, power over women and violence. Sliwa explains how the study showed that men that follow the norms heavily are more likely to suffer psychological problems but are also strongly against the idea of receiving treatment.


I suggest “Sexism May Be Harmful to Men’s Mental Health”, a press release by Jim Sliwa, to be reliable because of the author’s background, a trustworthy source, working hyperlinks, and it provides citations. The press release style is simple enough for the audience to understand even if someone is not an expert on the topic but has an interest in the subject. I chose to evaluate this article because it relates to my topic and provides useful information.

How/ why the article is credible?

Author is highly credible

I did some research on the writer to determine if the writer was knowledgeable about the topic he is writing about on the press release. Jim Sliwa is the Director Public Affairs at American Psychological Association. He received his master’s degree in Communication/Public Relations from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2001. Silwa had many experiences in science writing before his current position and was a Media Relations/Social Media Manager at American Society for Microbiology for 12 years (LinkedIn). He is an expert in using a range of outlets to spread complicated scientific ideas to various audiences. He also provides his contact information on the press release, and one can look up other press releases which shows he has experience with journal researchers, supporting his credibility.

Background information on source

The Press Release is published on the website of American Psychological Association, which is one of the leading scientific and professional of Psychologists in the United States. The organization has about 117,500 members, including scientists, educators, clinicians and students. To be considered for full membership with the APA in the United States and Canada, members need to get doctoral training and postgraduate studies in psychology (Silwa). This proves that studies that Silwa is using in his press release are reliable and trustworthy.

Hyperlinks are useful

The links included in the press release are useful as they connect the audience with the sources. All the hyperlinks are working and up-to-date. For instance, two links provide emails for the writer of the press release, Jim Silwa, as well for the lead author of the study, Joel Wong. The press release also provides a link to the article of study, “Meta-Analyses of the Relationship Between Conformity to Masculine Norms and Mental Health-Related Outcomes,” in a PDF version for readers to reference while reading. The writer also provides a link to the journal itself for readers are interested in getting the full journal, Journal of Counseling Psychology. The writer provides the citation of the article he used in his writing which shows the author is reliable and trustworthy.


Silwa, Jim. “Sexism May Be Harmful to Men’s Mental Health”. American Psychological Association. 22 Nov. 2016. Web. 14 Mar. 2017. http://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2016/11/sexism-harmful.aspx.

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