During the critical development of young minds, when children can begin talking and expressing themselves, many take on gender-specific roles. Gender roles are society’s unwritten rules of how a boy or a girl is supposed to behave. For example, according to society’s gender role expectations, boys are supposed to be masculine or the “tough guy,” while girls are considered to be feminine and emotional. Boys who do not conform to these stereotypical, heterosexual gender rules are seen as weak or feminine if they cry too much or express their emotions. Due to this social expectation, many boys learn from an early age to “toughen up,” keeping their emotions bottled up inside. These bottled-up emotions can lead to a variety of mental and physical health complications, including an increased risk of death.
At Kaizen Academy, we are dedicated to helping adolescent boys struggling with sexual addiction. Our boy’s residential treatment center in Utah combines research-supported methods with an individualized approach to help change unhealthy neuropathways that have formed from trauma or inappropriate sexual interactions. Our innovative therapies get to the root of the problem, providing boys with a safe place to explore and express their emotions to gain healing so they may return home with a healthier mindset. Keep reading to learn more about the important role emotions play in our teen boys or if your teen is struggling with behavioral issues like sexual addiction our experts can help. Reach out today!