Dr Amanda J. Rose, associate professor of psychological sciences at the University of Missouri and researcher for this study says: ‘For some years, popular psychologists have insisted that boys and men would like to talk about their problems but are held back by fears of embarrassment or appearing weak.’
‘However, when we asked young people how talking about their problems would make them feel, boys didn’t express angst or distress about discussing problems any more than girls. Instead, boys’ responses suggest that they just don’t see talking about problems to be a particularly useful activity.’
Four different studies were conducted by researchers that include surveys and observations of nearly 2,000 children and adolescents. They found that girls had positive expectations for how talking about problems would make them feel. These expectations included feeling cared for, understood and less alone.