• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

This book provides the first resource dedicated to critically examining gender and sex in study designs, methods, and analysis in health research. In order to produce ethical, accurate, and effective research findings it is vital to integrate both sex (biological characteristics) and gender (socially constructed factors) into any health study. This book draws attention to some of the methodological complexities in this enterprise and offers ways to thoughtfully address these by drawing on empirical examples across a range of topics and disciplines.


This section of the book addresses the key concepts from Chapter 1 and delves into these concepts in the context of design and measurement issues. This section is challenging, but essential reading; it addresses the theoretical and sometimes contradictory and confusing issues connected to putting sex and gender into health research.

Johnson and Repta, in Chapter 2, address the age-old binary question in sex, gender, and health research and put to rest the utility of binary or dimorphic thinking in the contemplation of the field. Fundamentally, they argue that such binary thinking, in addition to being theoretically unsound, excludes the lived realities of some human beings. They address and demolish the binary on two counts: first, that standard distinctions between male and female are moribund ...

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