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Author Robertson, Steve, Dr.

Title Understanding men and health : masculinities, identity, and well-being / Steve Robertson
Published Maidenhead, England ; New York : McGraw Hill/Open University Press, 2007
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 178 pages)
Contents Cover -- Contents -- Introduction -- Purpose and format -- Lay and professional narratives: methodology and method -- Participant vignettes -- Chapter 1: The current context of mens health and the role of masculinities -- Introduction -- Defining the mens health field -- What do we know about men and health? -- Masculinity/masculinities and health -- Summary -- Chapter 2: Conceptualizing health and well-being -- Introduction -- What constitutes 8216;health? -- Issues of risk, responsibility, control and release -- Summary -- Chapter 3: Embodied masculinities and health -- Introduction -- Experiencing the body -- Bodily appearance and image -- Bodies in place and space -- Summary -- Chapter 4: Men, relationships, emotions and health -- Introduction -- Men, intimacy and health -- Wider relationships, men and health -- Implications for mental health -- Summary -- Chapter 5: Men engaging with health care -- Introduction -- The politics of responsibility -- Towards marriage or war? Processes of engagement -- Health work, places and spaces -- Summary -- Chapter 6: Some conclusions -- Introduction -- Masculinity and conceptualizing mens health -- Bodies and relationships in mens health -- Responsibility and accessing health services -- Final thoughts -- References -- Index
Summary "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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 158-174) and index
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Subject Men -- Health and hygiene -- Social aspects -- Great Britain.
Men -- Health and hygiene -- Great Britain -- Psychological aspects.
Men -- Health and hygiene -- Great Britain.
Health Behavior.
Men -- psychology.
Men's Health.
Social Perception.
United Kingdom.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 033523500X (electronic bk.)
9780335235001 (electronic bk.)