Exploring masculinities, sexual health and wellbeing across areas of high deprivation in Scotland: the depth of the challenge to improve understandings and practices

Karen Lorimer, Lesley McMillan, Lisa McDaid, Dona Milne, Sian Russell, Kate Hunt

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Abstract

Within and across areas of high deprivation, we explored constructions of masculinity in relation to sexual health and wellbeing, in what we believe to be the first UK study to take this approach. Our sample of 116 heterosexual men and women age 18-40 years took part in individual semi-structured interviews (n=35) and focus group discussions (n=18), across areas in Scotland. Drawing on a socio-ecological framework, findings revealed experience in places matter, with gender practices rooted in a domestically violent milieu, where localised, socio-cultural influences offered limited opportunities for more egalitarian performances of masculinity. We discuss the depths of the challenge in transforming masculinities in relation to sexual health and wellbeing in such communities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-41
Number of pages15
JournalHealth and Place
Volume50
Early online date13 Jan 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2018

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Masculinity
Reproductive Health
Scotland
deprivation
masculinity
health
Heterosexuality
Focus Groups
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Interviews
gender
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community
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Keywords

  • sexual health
  • masculinities
  • area deprivation
  • gender
  • violence against women

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Exploring masculinities, sexual health and wellbeing across areas of high deprivation in Scotland: the depth of the challenge to improve understandings and practices. / Lorimer, Karen; McMillan, Lesley; McDaid, Lisa; Milne, Dona; Russell, Sian; Hunt, Kate.

In: Health and Place, Vol. 50, 03.2018, p. 27-41.

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