Health, Illness, Men and Masculinities (HIMM): a theoretical framework for understanding men and their health

Evans, Joan, Frank, Blye, Oliffe, John L. and Gregory, David (2011) Health, Illness, Men and Masculinities (HIMM): a theoretical framework for understanding men and their health. Journal of Men's Health, 8 1: 7-15. doi:10.1016/j.jomh.2010.09.227


Author Evans, Joan
Frank, Blye
Oliffe, John L.
Gregory, David
Title Health, Illness, Men and Masculinities (HIMM): a theoretical framework for understanding men and their health
Journal name Journal of Men's Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1875-6867
1875-6859
Publication date 2011-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.jomh.2010.09.227
Open Access Status
Volume 8
Issue 1
Start page 7
End page 15
Total pages 9
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Abstract Gender, the complex of social relations and practices attached to biological sex, is one of the most important socio-cultural factors influencing health and health-related behavior. Although a large body of health research suggests that men with similar social disadvantages as women experience poorer health outcomes in relation to disability, chronic illness, injury rates and mortality, men's health is rarely deconstructed through the lens of gender. The purpose of this article is to increase understanding of the ways in which masculinities intersect with other social determinants of health creating health disparities among men, and to provide direction for masculine affirming health interventions aimed specifically at men. With the goal of promoting the health of men and decreasing health disparities, the authors have developed, within the Canadian context, an innovative theoretical framework for men's health, Health, Illness, Men and Masculinities (HIMM), based on the influence of masculinity throughout the lifecourse. We discuss three main phases of men's lifecourse showing how masculinity intersects with other social determinants of health differently during youth, middle-age and the older years. The HIMM Framework points to the need for research and theory development that moves us beyond a limited focus on any one individual man to consider men's health and illness practices in the larger social context within which masculinity is defined and produced. It can thus advance men's health research and theory development, and provide direction for policy, education, health care delivery and health promotion initiatives aimed specifically at men in many locales, contexts and countries.
Keyword Gender
Masculinity
Men's health
Social determinants of health
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work Publications
 
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