The Interdependence of African American Men's Definitions of Manhood and Health

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Griffith, D., Brinkley-Rubinstein, L., Bruce, M., Thorpe, R., and Metzl, J.
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US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health
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In this paper we explore themes that cut across how 24-77 year old African American men define manhood and health. Utilizing a thematic approach, we analyzed data from nine focus groups (N=73). We found that manhood and health were relational constructs that are interrelated in men's minds and experiences. Manhood and health were defined by the characteristics men embody, the behaviors men engage in and the goals and values men had to positively influence their families and communities. Thus, manhood and health are interdependent constructs and their interrelationship should be considered in efforts to promote African American men's health.

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