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International Journal of Men's Health

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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.


This is the authors' version of an article subsequently published in the International Journal of Men's Health, vol. 16, no. 1.

© 2017 by the Men's Studies Press, LLC. All rights reserved. Available at DOI: 10.3149/jmh.1601.84



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