Male coping in context: An exploratory analysis of hypermasculine reactivity to fear

Gregory D Seaton, University of Pennsylvania


Using Spencer's (1995) Phenomenological Variant of Ecological Systems Theory (PVEST), this study examined how a multiracial sample of urban adolescent males used exaggerated masculinity as a coping strategy. Particular attention was paid to examining the continuities and discontinuities between Black and non-Black adolescent males as it related to context and coping. The sample included 235 urban males. The ages of the respondents ranged from 13 to 19 (M = 15.21, SD = 1.09). Hierarchical linear regression yielded statistically significant relationships between contextual disorder (school and neighborhood) and stress (fear). Moderate relationships were found between stress (fear) and coping (hypermasculinity). Statistical analysis revealed statistically significant connections between developmental transitions and hypermasculine coping. More specifically, those transitioning into high school (9th grade) and those transitioning out of high school (12th grade) had significantly higher mean hypermasculinity scores than those in grades 10 and 11. Interventions targeting gender identity development and coping are discussed.

Subject Area

Secondary education|Developmental psychology|Psychotherapy|Minority & ethnic groups|Sociology|African Americans

Recommended Citation

Seaton, Gregory D, "Male coping in context: An exploratory analysis of hypermasculine reactivity to fear" (2004). Dissertations available from ProQuest. AAI3152100.