The many faces of manhood: examining masculine norms and health behaviors of young fathers across race.

TitleThe many faces of manhood: examining masculine norms and health behaviors of young fathers across race.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsGordon, D. M., Hawes S. W., Reid A. E., Callands T. A., Magriples U., Divney A., Niccolai L. M., & Kershaw T.
JournalAm J Mens Health
Volume7
Issue5
Pagination394-401
Date Published2013 Sep
ISSN1557-9891
KeywordsAdolescent, Adult, African Americans, Attitude, Behavior, European Continental Ancestry Group, Fathers, Female, Health Behavior, Hispanic Americans, Humans, Male, Masculinity, Pregnancy, Smoking, Substance-Related Disorders, Young Adult
Abstract

<p>This study examined the relationship between the traditional masculine norms ("status," "toughness" and "antifemininity") of 296 ethnically and racially diverse, young men transitioning to fatherhood and substance use (smoking, alcohol, marijuana, hard drugs) and health behaviors (diet, exercise). Participants were recruited from urban obstetric clinics in the Northeast United States. Logistic and multiple regression equations were constructed to examine the relationship between masculine norms and health behaviors. Moderator effects were also examined. Masculine norm "status" was most endorsed and "antifemininity" was least endorsed. African American young men had higher masculine norm scores than Latino and Whites. Different masculine norms were associated with health-promoting and health-undermining behaviors. Different racial groups who had higher scores on some masculine norms were more likely to engage in either health-promoting or health-undermining behaviors when compared with other ethnic groups in this study. These results observed different relationships between the traditional masculine norms measured and the substance use and health behaviors of diverse, young men transitioning to fatherhood. This may have implications for intervention strategies and future research.</p>

DOI10.1177/1557988313476540
Alternate JournalAm J Mens Health
PubMed ID23403774
PubMed Central IDPMC3731397
Grant List1R01MH075685 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States
1R01MH075685-S1 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States
5P30MH062294 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States
K01 TW009660 / TW / FIC NIH HHS / United States
P30 MH062294 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States
R01 MH075685 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States
T32 MH020031 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States