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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    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
    Issue number4
    StatePublished - Dec 1 2007



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

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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