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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.

Approaches to the Measurement of Gender
Approaches to the measurement of gender
Pamela A.Ratner, Richard G.Sawatzky

Are there gender differences in the likelihood of being admitted to an intensive care unit following a stroke (Saposnik et al., 2008)? Is gender associated with the percentage of daily caloric intake that rural adolescents consume from snacking (Townsend, 2002)? Are there “gender differences in … long-term outcomes [mortality] after acute NSTEMI [non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction]” (Heer et al., 2006, p. 160)? Do “demography, intellectual background, parental environment, and parental education and employment” predict “a person's gender role orientation” (Judge & Livingston, 2008, p. 995)? Do observed gender disparities in prevalence rates of depressive symptoms “actually reflect higher rates of depressive disorders among women, [and] a greater tendency of women to express ...

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