Transitions – From Boyhood to Manhood (Podcast)

July 29, 2011

Frequently in Learning Works, we have looked at men’s health and wellbeing, and also at older men’s learning and the involvement of men around Australia in the Men’s Shed movement. But what about our boys – how are they faring in the 21st century? The Australian Institute of Male Health and Studies believes that, as a society, we are somewhat reticent in affirming very much that is good about boys, especially in their often difficult and lonely transition from boyhood to manhood. Sadly, they say, our understanding of boys (and males in general) has been informed more by stereotypes than evidence. And this is not without consequences for young males, whose behaviours, and often too mental health issues, are observed with concern by members of the medical profession and of course by parents, and educators alike. Recently in Adelaide, the Australian Institute of Male Health and Studies convened a gathering of professionals to look specifically at some of the issues facing young males in contemporary culture; with the aim of coming up with strategies that will be of benefit to boys, and facilitate their healthier development and transition towards becoming the next generation of men. To find out more about current thinking about some of the difficulties and challenges of the transition from boyhood to manhood, Learning Works’ Tony Ryan spoke to Stephen Toon, Director of Consultancy and Community Services, with the Australian Institute of Male Health and Studies. Interviews with two international keynote speakers at the Symposium were also recorded – with Dr Miles Groth (United States of America) and Celia Lashlie (New Zealand)


Online Resources: Podcasts

Interview – Stephen Toon (AIMHS) – The transition from boyhood to manhood – Duration 13’36”
Interview – Celia Lashlie (NZ) – The world of adolescent boys in the twenty first century – Duration 16’23”
Interview – Dr Miles Groth (USA) – Part 1 – The boy is father to the man – Duration 21’26”
Interview – Dr Miles Groth (USA) – Part 2 – The boy is father to the man – Duration 19’06”
Website – Australian Institute of Male Health and Studies –



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