Male socialisation and health care behaviour

Sally De Vitry Smith

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A recent nursing class examining male and female health raised concerns on how societal images of men influence health behaviours. A class of 60 third year nursing students did an exercise where they anonymously recorded the characteristics of their ideal male and female. Physical strength was commonly listed for males but only once for females. Typical characteristics identified for males included: strong, confident, hard worker, masculine, adventurous, ambitious, smart, successful and protective. Typical characteristics for females included: giving, caring, kind, loving, compassionate, gentle, nurturing and loyal.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-35
Number of pages1
JournalAustralian nursing journal (July 1993)
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 10 Nov 2010
Externally publishedYes


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