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Keywords:

  • men;
  • depression;
  • shame;
  • treatment

Socialization processes leave many men prone to experience pervasive feelings of shame when confronted by challenging life events. These feelings may be associated with a depressed mood, requiring the help of a counselor. The authors review the literature on shame, its relationship to depression, and the socialization experiences that leave men vulnerable to shame. They then propose a framework and strategies for reducing shame in depressed men, illustrated with 3 case studies.