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Men's health and illness: Key academic readings

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There is now an excellent academic literature on men's health and illness, the links between men's health and the social construction of masculinity, and related issues. Here, we have gathered some of the key academic overviews of this area, in full text.

These include:

  • Baker, P, Dworkin SL, Tong S, Banks I, Shand T, Yamey G. (2014) The men’s health gap: men must be included in the global health equity agenda. Bull World Health Organ., Aug 1; 92(8): 618-20.
  • Courtenay, Will H. (2000a). Constructions of Masculinity and Their Influence on Men’s Well-Being: A Theory of Gender and Health. Social Science & Medicine, May; 50(10): 1385-401.
  • Courtenay, Will H. (2000b). Engendering Health: A Social Constructionist Examination of Men’s Health Beliefs and Behaviors. Psychology of Men & Masculinity, 1(1), January.
  • Creighton, G., & Oliffe, J. L. (2010). Theorising masculinities and men’s health: A brief history with a view to practice. Health Sociology Review, 19(4), 409-418.
  • Doyal, Lesley. (2001). Sex, Gender, and Health: The Need for a New Approach. British Medical Journal. Vol. 323, 3 November
  • Evans, J., Frank, B., Oliffe, J. L., & Gregory, D. (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.
  • Lohan, Maria. (2007). How might we understand men’s health better? Integrating explanations from critical studies on men and inequalities in health. Social Science and Medicine, Volume 65, Issue 3, August.
  • Robertson, S., Williams, B., & Oliffe, J. (2016). The Case for Retaining a Focus on “Masculinities” in Men’s Health Research. International Journal of Men’s Health, 15(1).
  • Sabo, Donald. (2000). Men’s Health Studies: Origins and Trends. Journal of American College Health. 49(3):133-142, Nov.
  • Schofield T., R.W. Connell, L. Walker, J.F. Wood, and D.L. Butland. (2000). Understanding Men’s Health and Illness: A Gender-Relations Approach to Policy, Research, and Practice. Journal of American College Health, 48(6): 247-256, May.
  • Smith, James A. (2007a). Beyond masculine stereotypes: Moving men’s health promotion forward in Australia. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, April, Volume 18, N1.
  • Smith, James A. (2007b). Addressing men’s health policy concerns in Australia: what can be done? Australia and New Zealand Health Policy, 4:20.
  • Williams, David R. (2003). The health of men: Structured inequalities and opportunities. American Journal Of Public Health, Vol. 93, No. 5, pp. 724-729.
  • Wong, Y. J., Ho, M.-H. R., Wang, S.-Y., & Miller, I. S. K. (2016, November 21). Meta-Analyses of the Relationship Between Conformity to Masculine Norms and Mental Health-Related Outcomes. Journal of Counseling Psychology. Advance online publication. cou0000176

Please see below for these articles. For lists of further reading on men's health and illness, see the section of The Men's Bibliography here:

Baker, The men’s health gap 2014.pdf659.47 KB
Courtenay, Constructions of masc.pdf172.78 KB
Courtenay, Engendering.pdf888.08 KB
Doyal, Sex, gender and health.pdf300.05 KB
Lohan, How might we understand men's health.pdf195.73 KB
Schofield, Understanding men's.pdf1.05 MB
Smith, Beyond masculine stereotypes.pdf561.27 KB
Smith, Addressing men's health.pdf229.85 KB
Williams, The health of men 03.pdf1.1 MB
Sabo, Men's Health Studies.pdf1.08 MB
Creighton, Theorising masculinities and men’s health 2010.pdf108.97 KB
Evans, Health, Illness, Men and Masculinities (HIMM) 2011.pdf211.68 KB
Robertson, The Case for Retaining a Focus on "Masculinities" 2016.pdf150.44 KB
Wong, Meta-Analyses of the Relationship Between Conformity 2016.pdf142.82 KB