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Men, Masculinity, and Health

  • By: Craig Garfield, Anthony Isacco & Timothy E. Rogers
  • In: Encyclopedia of Lifestyle Medicine & Health
  • Edited by: James M. Rippe
  • Subject:Health Psychology / Behavioral Medicine, Public Health Education & Health Promotion, Health Psychology

Men's health is a new and evolving specialty that broadly seeks to understand and improve men's health in the 21st century. One area in men's health that is receiving increased recognition and attention is lifestyle choices that affect important health behaviors. Lifestyle factors such as tobacco use, poor diet, alcohol use, and physical inactivity are among the top causes of death for men. Additionally, men's reluctance to use professional health care services has also been identified as an important lifestyle choice that adversely affects their health. Understanding gender socialization and masculine ideology can help clarify the lifestyle choices men make. This entry reviews how gender socialization and masculine ideology are related to these important lifestyle choices that are affecting men's health.

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