Understanding Men and Health

Understanding Men and Health

Masculinities, Identity, and Well-being

eBook - 2007
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"Men's health texts are hard to find - delighted this text addresses issues like access to health services"--Margaret McLoone, Sligo Institute of Technology, Ireland. How do men understand 'health'? What do men consider to be the role of health services in helping them stay well? What inhibits or facilitates men's engagement with health services? The notions about men's health are wide ranging and much is said about the role masculinity plays in creating health outcomes for men. Based on empirical research and data, this book provides an interdisciplinary exploration of the links between men, health policy, gender and masculinity. It also offers explicit guidance for practice for those working in the health field looking to better understand and improve men's health. Importantly, this book: incorporates the views of disabled and gay men to highlight issues of diversity; draws out key implications for health promotion work with men; and, includes 'key points for practice' within each chapter. The book uses interviews with men and health professionals, to explore the key aspects of men's health and healthcare delivery. Although set within the UK context, it also has wider resonance as it considers how men conceptualize health, how this becomes embodied, the importance of relationships and emotions in men's preventative health practices, and the socially contingent nature of men's engagement with preventative health care services. "Understanding Men and Health" will be of particular interest to academics, students and researchers in nursing, health, sociology and gender studies as well as to pre- registration and post-registration health professionals with an interest in men and health.
Publisher: Maidenhead, England ; New York : McGraw Hill/Open University Press, 2007
ISBN: 9780335235001
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xii, 178 pages)


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