Navigation Links
For Macho Men, Doctor Visits Are Less Likely
Date:8/11/2009

Not showing pain, weakness can stop them from getting health care, study suggests,,

TUESDAY, Aug. 11 (HealthDay News) -- It's no secret that men don't like to go to the doctor, but new research finds they're especially likely to stay home if they're big on being macho.

Middle-aged men who are most devoted to traditional beliefs about masculinity are half as likely as other men to get routine medical care, researchers report.

It's not clear whether feelings about masculinity directly make men avoid doctor visits; the study only indicates that a cause-and-effect link might exist. Nor do researchers know what this might mean for men's health.

Still, the findings suggest that "we could help men's health if we could dismantle this idea that manhood and masculinity is about being invulnerable, not needing help and not showing pain," said study author Kristen W. Springer, an assistant professor of sociology at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

Previous research has suggested that "men are less likely to go to the doctor than women, across the board," Springer said -- a notion she finds surprising because men are wealthier overall, potentially giving them better access to medical care.

Springer and a colleague launched their study to determine the role that ideas about masculinity play in the decisions men make about their health care.

Springer said she defines masculinity as a "stereotypical, old-school, John Wayne- and Sylvester Stallone-style" approach to life.

The researchers examined the results of surveys taken in 2004 by 1,000 white, middle-aged men in Wisconsin. The men answered questions about their beliefs regarding masculinity and disclosed whether they'd gotten recommended annual physicals, prostate checks and flu shots.

After adjusting the results to reduce the chance they would be thrown off by such things as a high number of married participants, researchers found that men who were the highest believers in masculine standards were 50 percent less likely to get the recommended care than other men.

Springer was unable to provide statistics about the percentage of men in each group who got the recommended care. Overall, though, fewer than half of all men did, according to the study.

There was one exception to the rule: Blue-color workers who had a high attachment to masculinity were more likely to get the recommended health care.

The study has limitations. All participants were white, and all had completed high school. And Springer said unanswered questions remain, such as whether spouses play a role through "support or nagging."

The findings were to be presented Monday at the American Sociological Association annual meeting in San Francisco.

Howard S. Friedman, a professor of psychology at the University of California at Riverside, said his research has found that less masculine men live longer than masculine men. But the new study doesn't show anything like that because it doesn't examine long-term effects on health, he said.

As for the gap between men and women when it comes to living longer, he said, "it would be a stretch, going beyond the data, to link it closely to men's increased mortality risk as compared to women."

More information

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more on men's health.



SOURCES: Kristen W. Springer, Ph.D., assistant professor, sociology, Rutgers University, Piscataway, N.J.; Howard S. Friedman, Ph.D., professor, psychology, University of California, Riverside; Aug. 10, 2009, presentation, American Sociological Association annual meeting, San Francisco


'/>"/>
Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Triple threat: Young macho men with serious injuries often abuse alcohol
2. UK junior doctors gaining less experience of common procedures
3. Doctors Often Miss High Blood Pressure in Kids
4. One-fourth of HIV patients believe their doctors stigmatize them
5. Annual flu shot cuts need for doctors visits, hospitalization among children
6. Teens need to see their doctors more often
7. Doctors and medical ethicist discuss whether doctors should participate in capital punishment
8. Doctors and Medical Ethicist Discuss Whether Doctors Should Participate in Capital Punishment
9. Figure Skater Peggy Fleming, HealthSaver Says: Take Pains For Back Strains, 2nd Most Common Doctor Complaint
10. Research says doctors gender may hinder early diagnosis of heart disease in women
11. South Texas Doctors Report More Severe Cases of Community Staph Super Bug Hospitalizing Children
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
For Macho Men, Doctor Visits Are Less Likely
(Date:2/13/2016)... ... , ... Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us, and most singles could probably ... flawless hair, and a sparkling personality are all well and good, but if somebody ... home with Rover. (Actually, man’s best friend might not even want to be near ...
(Date:2/13/2016)... ... February 13, 2016 , ... In its newly ... vein visualization technology should be used to ensure patient safety when placing an ... INS Standards mandate the use of vein visualization technology in patients with difficult ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... 12, 2016 , ... According to an article published February 4th ... significant portion of hernia repairs throughout the United States. Commenting on this article, Beverly ... that this trend has not only been expected, but it seems to be a ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... February 12, 2016 , ... CDRH Enforcement Trends: , Back to the Future , ... , As Winston Churchill said, “Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to ... expect when they come knocking this year. But that takes time. , Take a ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... February 12, 2016 , ... T.E.N., a ... closed for the ISE Southeast Awards 2016. Finalists and winners of the ISE® ... Southeast Executive Forum and Awards Gala on March 15, 2016 at the Westin ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/12/2016)... February 12, 2016 ... vermerkt)   http://www.sedar.com ) und ... abrufbar.    --> http://www.sedar.com ... http://www.telestatherapeutics.com abrufbar.    --> ... heute seinen Konzernabschluss des zweiten Quartals ...
(Date:2/12/2016)...  Memorial Hermann Health System has teamed up with ... bring a one-of-a-kind experience to pediatric patients at ... as 360-degree video and Google Cardboard, Howard was able ... giving the patients and their families an unexpected, and ... on video . Memorial Hermann IRONMAN ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... , Feb. 12, 2016  Eli Lilly and Company ... Court decided the Alimta® (pemetrexed disodium) vitamin regimen patent would ... the UK, France , Italy ... to dilute the product only with dextrose solution.  ... 2015, the UK Court of Appeal held that Lilly,s patent ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: