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Masculinity and Social Change: Exploring Generative Masculinity Development in Resident Assistant Men through the Social Change Model of Leadership Development

In this study, mens identity development among Resident Assistants (RAs) at Louisiana State University is investigated using a constructivist approach. Societal expectations of men tend to value hegemonic masculinity, which reinforces a drive for dominance, objectification, and high-risk behaviors (Edwards & Jones, 2009). Whereas, generative masculinity is characterized by a sense of responsibility, desire to give back, comfort with self, willingness to confront and break gender stereotypes, and the use of personal strengths to foster wellbeing (Badaszewski, 2014). Many characteristics of generative masculinity align with the Seven Cs of Social Change as described in the Social Change Model of Leadership Development. The Social Change Model is designed to describe how students cultivate leadership skills though service to others (Higher Education Research Institute, 1996). Resident Assistants (RAs) serve as mentors and role models to students living on campus, help to foster community amongst on-campus student residents, and enforce building security. For the purposes of this study, the researcher uses the Social Change Model of Leadership Development to examine how being a Resident Assistant contributes to the generative masculinity development of RA men.
Date09 May 2016
CreatorsFinch, Joshua David
ContributorsCurry, Jennifer, Eaton, Paul, Alsandor, Danielle
Source SetsLouisiana State University
Detected LanguageEnglish
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