-- Robert Preidt
TUESDAY, April 16 (HealthDay News) -- Those "do-it-yourself"
projects that office-bound males enjoy on the weekend may be
enhancing their self-image, a new study finds.
"For upper-class men, DIY home improvement is a therapeutic escape from the burdens of knowledge work, allowing them to experience a blue-collar fantasy by working with their hands," Risto Moisio, of California State University, Long Beach, and colleagues said in a news release from the Journal of Consumer Research, which published the findings online.
For the study, researchers conducted in-depth interviews with
men in different social classes to determine how DIY projects help
them develop their masculine identities.
For upper-class, white-collar males, these activities appear to
offer a way of expressing their creative side, the investigators
found. In contrast to their day jobs, home-renovation projects
allow these men to unleash their inner craftsman and enjoy some
physical labor while getting a sense of self-fulfillment in the
Lower-class men often have different motivations, according to
the study findings, which are scheduled for publication in the
August print issue of the journal.
For men who don't make a big salary, home-improvement projects
may enable them to assert their identity as the "family handyman"
and to express a masculine form of caring for their families by
providing them with nicer homes despite a lack of money, the study
"Lower-class men treat DIY home improvement as a chore rather than a therapeutic outlet," the researchers said in the news release. "Projects around the house represent an essential part of their male territory and housework repertoire."
Underwriters Laboratories, a product-safety testing
safety tips for do-it-yourselfers.
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