Men’s restricted social networks limit their levels of social support. In times of stress, for example, men mobilize less varied social supports than women do. Among adolescents nationally, boys are more likely than girls to have no one to turn to for support at times when they feel stressed, overwhelmed, or depressed
Research consistently indicates that men have much smaller social networks than women do. Men and boys also have fewer, less intimate friendships, and they are less likely to have a close confidant, particularly someone other than a spouse.