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Men's Health: Perspectives, Diversity and Paradox

ISBN: 978-0-632-05288-2
288 pages
January 2000, Wiley-Blackwell


With recent social trends and developments in health care policy, the health of men is high on the political agenda.

Men's Health: Perspectives, Diversity and Paradox examines and clarifies what is known about the socialisation of boys and men. The book shows how this influences the ways in which they maintain their health, how they respond to illness, and why they do or do not seek help. It also includes personal stories and poems by men. The text reviews research on health, gender and masculinity, and describes recent research on the health of men at work. The research forms the basis for exploring how national, regional and local strategies can be developed to improve men's health.

The book is intended for medical, nursing and social science students, and health service managers and professionals. It is relevant for academic departments of public health, social medicine, general practice, nursing, health sciences, women's studies, gender studies, public policy and administration, and sociology. It is also intended for those working in public health, community and mental health, primary health, and social services.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures; Icons Used in This Text; List of Tables; List of Personal Stories; Acknowledgements; Forword; Is there a crisis in men's health; Overview of male health; Gender and masculinities; Health and illnes behaviour in males; The health of men at work; Perceptions of health amongst men at work; National and international perspectives; Local perspectives; Policy and progress; References; Index
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The Wiley Advantage

* Combines a biomedical and sociological perspective
* Considers the issues from an international viewpoint
* Describes good practice based on current research
* Puts forward how policy developments can be implemented at a local level
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"[This] is a very comprehensive book that addresses a vast range of men's health issues...a useful text for those seeking a broad overview of many of the issues related to men's health."
Journal of Advanced Nursing

“Its particular strength is in providing a public health perspective that is distinctly lacking from much of the literature on men’s health”
Community Practitioner

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