Flinders University’s Professor Murray Drummond has been awarded a seed grant from Breakthrough Mental Health Research Foundation to explore the way in which sporting clubs work with young males around mental health and wellbeing.
He will also investigate how these spaces can be better used to promote positive mental health and change young men’s behaviours, attitudes and stigmas towards mental health with the aim of developing an educational resource.
“The mental health and wellbeing of young males aged 15-24 is not being
adequately addressed,” Professor Drummond says.
“Sport, given its close association with the social construction on masculinity,
offers a unique environment where young males can be accessed and provided
with a range of educational opportunities around mental health and wellbeing.
“By challenging masculine norms within masculinised sporting settings, these sports offer a captive audience of young males to integrate mental health and wellbeing strategies int this group.”
The research project will focus on two sporting clubs from football and cricket codes in a bid to change young men’s attitudes towards a range of masculinised norms and have a positive influence on their lives and the lives of others.
Project Lead: Professor Murray Drummond
Project Title: Level Playing Field: Young Males, Masculinity and Mental Wellbeing through Sport
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