Male preventive health behaviors

Perceptions from men, women, and clinical staff along the U.S.-Mexico border

Jennifer B. Hunter, Maria Lourdes Fernandez, Charles R. Lacy-Martinez, Andrea M. Dunne-Sosa, M. Kathryn Coe

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Abstract

Mexican American males have higher levels of total cholesterol and triglycerides, higher body mass indexes, and a higher prevalence of diabetes than do non-Hispanic White males. They are the least likely Hispanic subgroup to be insured, to have recently visited a physician, or to have preventive exams. To explore factors related to the use of preventive exams among mature men, and specifically among Mexican American men residing along the Arizona, United States/Sonora, Mexico border, information on barriers and motivating factors to male participation in preventive screening exams was collected. Interviews were conducted with mature men and women from a single border community and with clinical staff from three different border communities who deliver services to similar populations. Responses were triangulated. Common themes identified include health education/information/ advertisement and female/family support as motivating factors and machismo/denial/fatalism as a barrier to male health-seeking behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)242-249
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Men's Health
Volume1
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2007
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Male screening exams
  • U.S.-Mexico border

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health(social science)

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Male preventive health behaviors : Perceptions from men, women, and clinical staff along the U.S.-Mexico border. / Hunter, Jennifer B.; Fernandez, Maria Lourdes; Lacy-Martinez, Charles R.; Dunne-Sosa, Andrea M.; Coe, M. Kathryn.

In: American Journal of Men's Health, Vol. 1, No. 4, 12.2007, p. 242-249.

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Hunter, Jennifer B. ; Fernandez, Maria Lourdes ; Lacy-Martinez, Charles R. ; Dunne-Sosa, Andrea M. ; Coe, M. Kathryn. / Male preventive health behaviors : Perceptions from men, women, and clinical staff along the U.S.-Mexico border. In: American Journal of Men's Health. 2007 ; Vol. 1, No. 4. pp. 242-249.
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