How do beliefs about 'being a man' affect health behaviors?
This is one of the questions the research team on Masculinity and Health is exploring. Currently,
we’re examining health promotion for men in an attempt to understand and promote factors
that increase health-promotion behaviors. We’re testing whether a model of health
promotion is equally appropriate for African American and White American men. We've
found that models fits the data for both groups, but the paths among the variables
are not the same for African American and Caucasian men. We're presenting this research
at APA in August and will be submitting it for publication later this year.
We’ve also found very intriguing relationships between our participants’ views of
their masculinity and their relationships with dating or marital partners and colleagues
at work. We'll be examining this in more depth this fall when we look at their relationships
with male and female work colleagues.
Additionally, we are interested in heath promotion, specifically physical activity,
for college students (men and women) who are at risk for developing poor health habits
at this developmental stage.
Lease, S. H., Montes, S. H., Badgett, L. R., Sawyer, R. J., Fleming, K. M., Hampton,
A. B., Ovrebo, E., ... Boyraz, G. (2013). A cross-cultural exploration of masculinity
and relationships in men from Turkey, Norway, and the United States. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 44, 84-105. Doi: 10.1177/0022022111432293
Lease, S. H., Hampton, A. B., Fleming, K. M., Baggett, L. R., Montes, S. H., & Sawyer,
R. J. (2010). Masculinity and interpersonal competencies: Contrasting White and African
American men. Journal of Men and Masculinity, 11, 195-207.
Lease, S. H., Jehu, C. M, Owens, A., Gage, A. N., & Rustom, M. R. (August, 2012).
Incorporating masculinity into health promotion: African American and Caucasian men.
Poster presented at the American Psychological Association Conference in Orlando,
Lease, S. H., Ingram, C. L., Jehu, C. M, Owens, A., & Gage, A. N. (August 2013). How
do I relate to you: Interactions of masculinity, sexism, and coworker sex. Poster
presented at the American Psychological Association Conference in Hawai'i.
Current team members:
- Suzanne Lease
- Christine Jehu
- Christina Ingram
- Ben Brett
- Danielle Miro