Modern super-heroes have a negative impact on the mental health of boys
Modern super-heroes promote macho image, actively use violence, sure, American psychologists from the American Psychological Association. According to them, the heroes of today are radically different from heroes of days gone by. Old super-heroes were vulnerable side, says BBC.
Also now increasingly popular image of a slacker gets completely ignores the responsibility. Professor Sharon Lamb studied 674 boys aged 4 to 18 years. During the research she was interested in what they read, they watch on television and in movies.
Together with his team at the University of Massachusetts, she then analyzed the types of male role models, drive home the boys. Now scientists have identified two types: aggressive super-hero and a slacker who does not try to strain.
Unlike the heroes of the past, todays characters rarely talk about the need to save the world. And about moralizing speeches and not worth remembering. They just live in the constant senseless violence or lobotryasnichayut.
Dr. Carlos Santos of Arizona State University examined 426 schoolchildren in the ability to resist to stereotypes of masculinity – the absence of the external manifestations of emotions, independence and physical development.
Turned out, the ability to resist the images that promote aggression and independence, and decreases as the boys approaching puberty. Simultaneously, under threat of mental health. Therefore, according to the scientist, to help them resist the spread of television and comic book images of super-heroes.