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Men’s Health Equity
A Handbook

ISBN 9781315167428
Published April 25, 2019 by Routledge
618 Pages

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Book Description

Worldwide, men have more opportunities, privileges, and power, yet they also have shorter life expectancies than women. Why is this? Why are there stark differences in the burden of disease, quality of life, and length of life amongst men, by race, ethnicity, (dis)ability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, rurality, and national context? Why is this a largely unexplored area of research? Men’s Health Equity is the first volume to describe men’s health equity as a field of study that emerged from gaps in and between research on men’s health and health inequities.

This handbook provides a comprehensive review of foundations of the field; summarizes the issues unique to different populations; discusses key frameworks for studying and exploring issues that cut across populations in the United States, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, Central America, and South America; and offers strategies for improving the health of key population groups and achieving men’s health equity overall. This book systematically explores the underlying causes of these differences, describes the specific challenges faced by particular groups of men, and offers policy and programmatic strategies to improve the health and well-being of men and pursue men’s health equity. Men’s Health Equity will be the first collection to present the state of the science in this field, its progress, its breadth, and its future.

This book is an invaluable resource for scholars, researchers, students, and professionals interested in men’s health equity, men’s health, psychology of men’s health, gender studies, public health, and global health.

Table of Contents




    Part I: Psychosocial and Developmental Foundations of Men’s Health Equity

  1. Introduction
  2. Derek M. Griffith, PhD, Marino A. Bruce, PhD, MSRC, MDiv, and Roland J. Thorpe, Jr., PhD

  3. Masculinity and Men’s Health Disparities: Conceptual and Theoretical Challenges
  4. Steve Robertson, PhD, RGN and Lynne Kilvington-Dowd

  5. Precarious Manhood for Men’s Health and Men’s Health Disparities
  6. Joseph A. Vandello, PhD, Jennifer K. Bosson, PhD, and Joanna R. Lawler

  7. Fatherhood as a Social Context for Reducing Men’s Health Disparities: Lessons Learned from the Fathers and Sons Program
  8. Cleopatra Howard Caldwell, PhD, Kazumi Tsuchiya, MPH, Shervin Assari, MD, MPH, and Alvin Thomas, PhD

  9. Young Adulthood and Health Disparities in African American Males
  10. Michael Cunningham, PhD and Antanious White

  11. Middle-Aged Men’s Health: Patterns and Causes of Health Inequities During a Pivotal Period in the Life Course
  12. Derek M. Griffith, PhD, Emily Cornish Jaeger, MPH, Ledric D. Sherman, PhD, MA, and Heath J. Moore, BS

  13. Men’s Health in Later Life: Diverse and Intersecting Contexts
  14. Jamie Mitchell, MSSW, PhD, Julie Ober Allen, PhD, MPH, and Ramona Perry, BA

  15. Measuring the Dimensions of African American Manhood: A Factor Analysis
  16. Derek M. Griffith, PhD, Jacquelyn S. Pennings, PhD, Marino A. Bruce, PhD, MSRC, MDiv, and Gregory D. Ayers, MS

    Part II: Environmental, Social, and Policy Determinants of Men’s Health Inequities

  17. Being a Man in the Countryside: How Rural Men Navigate Health and Masculinity
  18. Bradley Hiebert, MSc, PhD, Beverly Leipert, RN, PhD, and Sandra Regan, RN, PhD

  19. Urban Men’s Health: How Urban Environments Affect Black Men’s Health
  20. Waldo E. Johnson, Jr., PhD, MSW

  21. Incarceration as Determinant of Poor Health Outcomes
  22. Jason M. Williams, PhD and Carrie Bergeson, MS, CFLE

  23. The Public Health Disparities of Domestic Violence: Including the Perspectives and Health of Ethnic-Minority Men
  24. Rohan D. Jeremiah, PhD and Olubunmi Basirat Oyewowo-Gassikia, PhD, LMSW

  25. Global Men’s Health Policy
  26. Noel Richardson, PhD, James A. Smith, PhD, Steve Robertson, PhD, RGN, and Peter Baker, MA, FRSPH

  27. Health, Public, and Social Policy
  28. Henrie M. Treadwell, PhD and Marguerite J. Ro, DrPH

  29. What Influences Adolescent Black Male Development and Well-Being? Implications of the Limits and Opportunities of Social Policy
  30. Keon L. Gilbert, DrPH, MA, MPH, Rashawn J. Ray, PhD, and Odis D. Johnson, PhD


    Part III: Health Behaviors and Health Outcomes

  31. Male Health Behaviors
  32. Michael J. Rovito, PhD, CHES, FMHI

  33. Considerations in Men’s Mental Health Promotion and Treatment
  34. Zac E. Seidler, MCP, Simon M. Rice, PhD, John S. Ogrodniczuk, PhD, David Kealy, PhD, Haryana M. Dhillon, PhD, and John L. Oliffe, PhD, MEd, RN

  35. Depression, Trauma, and Suicide Among Adolescent and Young Adult Males
  36. Michael A. Lindsey, PhD, MSW, MPH and Yunyu Xiao, MPhil

  37. Men’s Trauma, Depression, and Suicide in Adulthood
  38. Daphne C. Watkins, PhD and Janelle R. Goodwill, MSW

  39. Cancer Disparities in Men
  40. Kelvin A. Moses, MD, PhD, FACS

  41. Diabetes Health Disparities in Men: A Brief Review of the Influence of Gender on the Onset and Progression of Diabetes in Men and Implications for Interventions and Practice
  42. Jaclynn M. Hawkins, MSW, PhD, Rosalyn Denise Campbell, PhD, LMSW, Charles Graham, LSMW, PhD


    Part IV: Men’s Health Inequities in the United States

  43. The Health of Gay and Bisexual Men: Theoretical Approaches and Policy Implications
  44. Stephanie H. Cook, DrPH, MPH, Erica P. Wood, MPH, Jason Harris, MPH, Paul D’Avanzo, MS, and Perry N. Halkitis, PhD, MS, MPH

  45. Transgender and Intersex Men
  46. David A. Rubin, PhD

  47. Health Disparities Among Men with Disabilities and Functional Limitations
  48. Carlos M. Cervantes, PhD, CAPE and Samuel R. Hodge, PhD

  49. Asian American Men’s Health: Applications of the Racial-Cultural Framework
  50. Y. Joel Wong, PhD, Keiko McCullough, and Kuo Deng

  51. Understanding Health Inequalities Experienced by Black Men: Fundamental Links Between Racism, Socioeconomic Position, and Social Mobility
  52. Darrell Hudson, PhD, MPH, Andrae Banks, PhD, LCSW, Derek Holland, MPH, and Whitney Sewell

  53. Understanding Health and Health Disparities in European American Boys and Men
  54. Eric S. Mankowski, PhD and Nick Glover

  55. Cultural, Social and Historical Factors Influencing Latino Men’s Health
  56. Jason Daniel-Ulloa, PhD, India J. Ornelas, and Alejandra Escoto

  57. Seeking Health and Well-Being for Indigenous North American Men
  58. Arthur W. Blume, PhD

  59. Achieving Health Equity for Native Hawaiian Men: Aia I Hea Ka Wai A Kāne
  60. Ka‘imi Alohilani Sinclair, PhD and Joseph Keawe‘aimoku Kaholokula, PhD


    Part V: Men’s Health Inequities Across the Globe

  61. Understanding Inequities in Men’s Health in Australia: What Do We Know?
  62. James A. Smith, PhD, Murray Drummond, MEd, PhD, Mick Adams, PhD, Jason Bonson, Benjamin Christie

  63. Which Men? Inequality, Ethnicity, and Gender in Brazil’s National Men’s Health Program
  64. Gary Barker, PhD, Eduardo Schwarz, and Daniel Costa Lima

  65. Picturing Intersectionality in Men’s Suicide Research: A Photovoice Case Study of Gay and Bisexual Men
  66. Olivier Ferlatte, PhD and John L. Oliffe, PhD, MEd, RN

  67. Regional Variation in Determinants of Men’s Health: Comparison of South, Central, and North America
  68. Shervin Assari, MD, MPH


    Part VI: Final Thoughts and Future Directions

  69. Life Course Perspective: Implications for Men’s Health Equity
  70. Roland J. Thorpe, Jr., PhD and Paul C. Archibald, DrPH, LCSW-C

  71. Afterword
  72. Lisa Bowleg, MA, PhD

  73. Conclusion

Derek M. Griffith, PhD, Marino A. Bruce, PhD, MDiv, and Roland J. Thorpe, Jr., PhD

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Derek M. Griffith, PhD is the Founder and Director of the Center for Research on Men’s Health and Professor of Medicine, Health, and Society at Vanderbilt University. His research applies an intersectional approach to explore strategies to eliminate men’s health disparities and improve Black and Latino men’s health in the United States and the health of men across the globe.

Marino A. Bruce, PhD, MSRC, MDiv is Associate Director of the Center for Research on Men’s Health, Director of the Program for Research on Faith and Health within the Center, and Research Associate Professor of Medicine, Health, and Society at Vanderbilt University. His research examines religion and spirituality as determinants of health for African American boys and men.

Roland J. Thorpe, Jr., PhD is Founding Director of the Program for Research on Men’s Health and Associate Professor of Health, Behavior, and Society at Bloomberg School of Public Health. As a social epidemiologist and gerontologist, his research focuses on understanding the biopsychosocial factors that lead to improving the lives of African American men using a life course perspective.


Men’s Health Equity presents a timely and welcome intersectional analysis of multiple men’s health issues, from cancer and diabetes to trauma and suicide. Contributions from leading experts across different disciplines showcase the impact of social determinants, such as racism, homophobia and deprivation, on the health and wellbeing of diverse groups of men. I believe this volume will prove to be a landmark text for understanding – and improving – serious health inequalities affecting men and their communities.

Brendan Gough
Professor of Social Psychology

Leeds School of Social Sciences