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

TitleThe Interdependence of African American Men's Definitions of Manhood and Health
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsGriffith, DM, Brinkley-Rubinstein, L, Bruce, MA, Thorpe, R. J., J, Metzl, JM
JournalFam Community Health
Volume38
Pagination284-96
Date PublishedOct-Dec
ISBN Number0160-6379
Accession Number26291189
Abstract

In this article, we explore themes that cut across how 24- to 77-year-old African American men define manhood and health. Utilizing a thematic approach, we analyzed data from 9 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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Pmc4547385