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Machismo as a Barrier to Health Promotion in Australian Males




This chapter will explore Australian masculinity and machismo and its effects upon men's health and behaviours. Machismo will also be discussed as a barrier to health promotion in men. Recommended strategies will be given to assist health professionals to develop effective men's health promotion programs. Generalisations of male behaviours will be made throughout this chapter. These generalisations are necessary in order to highlight trends and issues in men's health and health behaviours. Patterns that are emerging within the field of men's health can also be explored. Health within the majority of Australian males, and from the dominant culture, will be the focus of this chapter.


Contents include

  • Hormones or roles?
  • Masculinity and machismo in the Australian male
  • Machismo and health behaviours
  • Machismo as a barrier to health promotion
  • Conclusion
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Author / Editor Biographies

DipEdu, BEd, Med and FACHPER.
Robbie is the author of four books and has contributed to several publications used in secondary schools. He has presented at many conferences in Australia and overseas. He is at present completing his doctorate on the efficacy of exercise on fat loss. He is also investigating the health and fitness levels of school-aged children in NSW, and has just completed seven major reports on the results of the NSW Youth Sports Injury Survey 1994-95. In 1995 Robbie was appointed as a clinical consultant in Sports Medicine to the New Children's Hospital Institute of Sports Medicine, Westmead, Sydney. He ...
RN, MA, Acute Respiratory Certificate, DipTchg (Nursing), FCN (NSW) and FRCNA.
Ailsa is Senior Lecturer, Department of Nursing Practice, Australian Catholic University, Sydney and has a wide clinical experience and has published previously in the area of culture care nursing. She has conducted research into health promotion and primary health care and has also researched Australian men's health behaviours and attitudes. Ailsa is a Fellow of both the Royal Australian College of Nursing and the NSW College of Nursing. She is also a member of the Australian Health Promotion Professionals Association.
RN, BAppSc (Advanced Nursing), MHSc (Education) and MCN (NSW).
Christine is a Lecturer in the Department of Nursing Practice at the Australian Catholic University, Sydney. She has had a wide variety of clinical nursing experience both in Australia and overseas. At present she is a doctoral candidate and her research activities include, in collaboration with Ailsa Stewart, an investigation into the health behaviour and attitudes of Australian males. Christine is a member of the College of Nursing (NSW) and of the Australasian and New Zealand Association for Medical Education. She is also a reviewer for the Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing.

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