This research was supported in part by Cooperative Agreement Number 1 U48 DP005021from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The findings and conclusions in this report journal article are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official position of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and from the National Institutes of Health: R24MD002774 and UL1TR001420.
International Journal of Men's Health
Masculinity, Machismo, Immigrants -- North Carolina -- Interviews, Hispanic American men -- Social conditions
Latino men experience health disparities in STI/HIV, diabetes, hypertension, and cancer. Gender roles likely play a role in risk behaviors and outcomes; however, there has been little focus on masculinity in Latino men. We conducted 20 semi-structured interviews with Latino men living in North Carolina. The interviews, conducted by a trained bilingual/bicultural Latino male, prompted discussion around work, family, and stress. Four themes were identified: masculine roles of being a family provider and protector, sources of stress, family responsibility and interconnectedness to health, and coping mechanism. For Latino men, masculinity may have both positive and negative influences on health. For example, the role of family provider may contribute to coping and be a stressor simultaneously. Future research should examine masculinity as a positive and a negative health influence and the additional impacts of gender roles on mens’ health.
Daniel-Ulloa, J., Sun, C., & Rhodes, S. D. (2017). The intersection between masculinity and health among rural immigrant Latino men. International journal of men's health, 16(1), 84.