It has been found that men who consider themselves to be stronger than women or are promiscuous by nature are more prone to mental illness than those men who have lesser chauvinistic attitude, a study claims.
This study established a relationship between sexist behaviour and psychological issues like substance abuse and depression.
This study released on Monday, November 21 2016 and is published in the Journal of Counseling Psychology by the American Psychological Association (APA).
"Some of these sexist masculine norms, like being a playboy and power over women, aren't just a social injustice but they are also potentially bad for your mental health," stated Joel Wong, lead author of the study and an associate professor of counselling psychology at Indiana University Bloomington, as reported by foxnews.com.
This study was released shortly after the US presidential election 2016, when sexist and misogynist comments made by Donald Trump were being criticised by many.
This research involved more than 19,000 men and was conducted over a span of 11 years, in which more than 70 US-based studies were analysed by the researchers.
The researchers included looking at 11 traits of traditional masculinity which portray the expectations of the society; pursuit of status, a desire to win and risk-taking were some of these norms involved, Wong elucidated.
Sexual promiscuity or playboy behavior, self-reliance and overpowering women were some of the norms which were closely related to the mental health issues.
"Men who have trouble asking for directions when they're lost, that's a classic example of self-reliance," Wong said, foxnews.com quoted.
The study also revealed that men with such attitudes have lesser chances of seeking treatment for mental health.
The authors of this study informed that they could not determine any important effects of one of the factors.
"Primacy of work was not significantly associated with any of the mental health-related outcomes," Wong said in a statement.
"Perhaps this is a reflection of the complexity of work and its implications for well-being. An excessive focus on work can be harmful to one's health and interpersonal relationships, but work is also a source of meaning for many individuals," Wong concluded.