Mexican-American men who embraced traditional macho man beliefs were more engaged with traditional Mexican culture and often were the primary breadwinners for the family. The study, published in Psychology of Men and Masculinity, said these men often believed that:
-- They deserved respect from their immediate family.
-- Self-assurance in men is admirable.
-- It is essential for men to gain the respect of others.
"Being raised in a culture with traditional male values, Mexican-American men learn to uphold these values," Glenn Good of the University of Missouri said in a statement. "Men learn that they must be tough, suck it up and not complain."
Good says in Mexican culture, men often feel honor and pride when they are the protectors of their families and these traditional attitudes are influenced by the Catholic faith and Mexican culture.
However, embracing these traditional attitudes may lead to a greater risk for depression, substance abuse, violence and reluctance to seek psychological assistance, Good said.
"They may feel the need to be tough and not ask for help," he said.