Associations Between Masculine Norms and Health Care Utilization in Highly Religious Heterosexual Men

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Associations Between Masculine Norms and Health Care Utilization in Highly Religious Heterosexual Men

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  • Masculine gender norms

" Scholars have identified masculine gender scripts, or the specific cognitions, emotions, and behaviors that are based on socially accepted and promoted norms of masculinity (Helgeson & Lepore, 1997, 2004). These masculine norms appear to promote disinterest in health-care seeking for men although the range of response to the demands of the male role paradigm also needs to be acknowledged (Addis & Mahalik, 2003) and the reasoning underlying the span of response should be explored. "

  • Family context in men's health

" Providing for the family was also regarded as an important reason why some men avoid going to the doctor. Men commented that going to the doctor takes away from their ability to be at work and make money which they saw as an essential role and justified their avoidance of seeking health care. "

  • Ecological factors in healthcare

" Understanding why people engage in health-promoting or health-damaging behaviors has been of interest for nearly 70 years (e.g., Lewin & Cartwright, 1951). Several ecological, or hierarchical, models have been developed that examine categories of influences, from Bronfenbrenner’s (1979) micro-, meso-, and exoenvironment approach to McLeroy, Bibeau, Steckler, and Glanz (1988) five sources of influence (intrapersonal, interpersonal, institutional, community, and policy). Some models have been adapted to include global health behaviors and others have been adapted for specific categories of behaviors (see Sallis et al., 2008). "

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