Measuring masculinity in research on men of color: findings and future directions.

Griffith DM, Gunter K, Watkins DC
Am J Public Health. 2012 102 Suppl 2: S187-94

PMID: 22401519 · PMCID: PMC3477919 · DOI:10.2105/AJPH.2012.300715

The purpose of this study was to examine the association between masculinity and the health of US men of color aged 18 years and older. We identified 22 population-based studies that included a measure of masculinity and a measure of health behavior, mental health, or physical health. The associations between masculinity and health were complex and varied by construct and health outcome, though they generally were significant in the hypothesized directions. Future research should explore the centrality of masculinity versus other identities and characteristics, how the relationship between masculinity and health varies by health outcome, and the identification of the conceptions and aspects of masculinity that are most relevant to and associated with specific health behaviors and health outcomes.

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African Americans Attitude to Health Cultural Characteristics Gender Identity Health Behavior Humans Male Masculinity Men's Health Mental Health Social Values Socioeconomic Factors United States

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