Family Relationships

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Thursday, February 28, 2008

Getting back to the new trend in male caregiving, Metlife has recently completed a study called "Sons at Work." It found that, while 62% of women spoke with their co-workers about their care-giving responsibilities, only 48% of men did.

Despite core values of filial devotion, sons often don't know how to go about finding help nor do they feel comfortable asking for it. Recognizing this resistance, over the next few days we want to offer some suggestions. Talking about these ideas with the men in your life can affect a shift in attitude toward seeking assistance and support.

Men have special needs in this arena, often feeling embarrassed or guilty. Greater awareness and education can break down attitudinal restraints and emotional barriers – practical seminars, newsletters and health fairs are excellent venues by which to accomplish this.

Besides seeing groups as only for women, men don't think these provide enough structure and focus on problem solving. It is important to reduce their perception that support is only for women. Reframe the concept by redefining the actual group process or by using an alternative definition such as a workshop.

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