Contextual adversity and rural Black men’s masculinity ideology during emerging adulthood.

Michael G. Curtis, Assaf Oshri, Chalandra M. Bryant, J. Maria Bermudez, Steven M. Kogan

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Abstract

Evidence documents the importance of individual differences in masculinity ideology for men’s biological, social, and psychological well-being. Studies investigating the developmental antecedents of masculinity ideology and how it changes during specific developmental phases, however, are scarce. The present study examined the influence of childhood adversity and socioeconomic instability on Black men’s masculinity ideology during emerging adulthood. Specifically, we investigated changes in 2 types of masculinity ideology: (a) respect based, which is associated with prosocial outcomes such as hard work, education, and fidelity, and (b) reputation based, which is related to antisocial outcomes such as sexual prowess, toughness, and authority-defying behavior. Hypotheses were tested using structural equation modeling with 3 waves of data from 504 Black American men aged 19 to 22 at baseline living in resource-poor communities in the rural South. Results indicated that childhood adversity was associated with elevated socioeconomic instability during emerging adulthood. Childhood adversity and socioeconomic instability were associated with decreases in respect-based masculinity and increases in reputation-based masculinity. Indirect effects were detected whereby childhood adversity was associated with respect-based and reputation-based masculinity indirectly via socioeconomic instability. Taken together, these results suggest that childhood adversity and socioeconomic instability forecast changes in the types of masculinity ideology rural Black men endorse during the emerging adulthood transition. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2020 APA, all rights reserved)

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPsychology of Men and Masculinity
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StatePublished - 2020

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Keywords

  • Black men
  • childhood adversity
  • emerging adulthood
  • masculinity
  • socioeconomic

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  • Journal Article

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