Men's Contribution to Health Care Within the Family
Traditionally, the providers of care and health care within the family have been women. Mothers and wives have also been the interface between the family, health care providers and a variety of sources of health information. Men may not have the desire to change their role within the family because that would challenge their appreciation of what it means to be masculine. There are also a number of hurdles created by society which need to be addressed by public health agencies and other health-related organisations if the transition to this new role is to be made easier and more widespread.
This chapter will explore the friction that exists between traditional masculine roles and the need to expand those roles in order to maximise the health status of the family.
- The family
- Linking income to health status
- Living on the bread-line
- It takes time to make money
- Men's contribution to health care
- Risk taking and role modelling