Imagine a Man: What is it like to be a boy or young man in Scotland in 2021?

Imagine a Man was launched last week by No Knives Better Lives. This year long piece of research has given us great insight into what it is like to be a boy or a young man living in Scotland in 2021.

Over 1200 young people across Scotland completed the survey, 25 young people took part in focus groups and 5 adult practitioners were interviewed. The themes explored included stereotypes and expectations, risky behaviour, community and relationships, ideal futures and support needed to explore masculinity. 

The story we heard from all genders was a much more positive one than what we expected. It is true that boys and young men do feel cultural and societal pressures to conform to stereotypes, but they are very aware of this. In our survey boys and young men from very diverse backgrounds were able to reflect on their experience and demonstrate a really deep awareness of what constituted undue ‘negative’ pressure. 

As we enter Phase 2 of the research and develop the tools and resources for practitioners to be able to properly discuss what constitutes a ‘positive’ masculinity we will be directly working with young men in three separate pilot areas.

If you would like to be part of a new Community of Practice or have ideas you would like to share with us, please let us know

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