A multidisciplinary, international approach is taken in this volume which contextualizes men's health issues within the broader theoretical framework of men's studies. The contributors argue that gender is a key factor for understanding the patterns of men's health risks, the ways men perceive and use their bodies and men's psychological adjustment to illness itself. The first part introduces perspectives of men's studies and their relevance to understanding men's health. Part Two explores the links between traditional gender roles, men's health and larger structural and cultural contexts.
Masculinity, Men's Roles, and Coronary Heart Disease
As the leading causes of death in the United States shifted from infectious disease during the first half of the 20th century to chronic disease (e.g., cancer, heart disease) during the last half of the 20th century, the sex differential in mortality widened. In 1920, men lived to be 54 and women lived to be 56. In 1990, men lived to be 72 and women lived to be 79. It is unlikely that the increase in the sex differential in mortality can be attributed to changes in biology (Johnson, 1977). Men are more likely than women to die of the four leading causes of death in the United States: (a) heart ...