School of Behavioral Sciences
Doctor of Education in Community Care and Counseling (EdD)
Addiction, Celebrate Recovery, Coping, Masculine Gender Role Stress, Men's Group, Self-Efficacy, Recovery, Relapse, Social Cognitive Theory, Therapeutic Groups
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Lightsey, Andrew III, "Iron Sharpens Iron: How Therapeutic Men's Group Facilitate Positive Change in Men" (2023). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 4619.
This paper attempted to identify the factors that prompt men to engage in counseling and therapy. Men have traditionally viewed the need for help and support as cowardice and not aligned with their masculine image. Current research indicates more males, including boys and men, consider counseling as an intervention in handling crises, trauma, medical illness, relationship issues, and addictions. To address this growing interest, clinicians need appropriate information and tools to engage and retain males. This study provided research to fill the wide gap that exists regarding effective ways to keep men in therapy. Therapeutic men’s groups have demonstrated positive results in helping men. A group of 10 male participants from a Celebrate Recovery Program in a North Carolina church participated in this study. The men represented a variety of ages, races, and socioeconomic backgrounds. An instrumental case study was used for the study.