Gender and health

Rogers-Clark, Cath and Kyle, Wendy Lee and Wilson, Geoff (2005) Gender and health. In: Living with illness: psychosocial challenges for nursing. Elsevier (Churchill Livingstone), Sydney, Australia, pp. 38-53. ISBN 0-7295-3750-1


This chapter:
# introduces the concept of 'gender' as a powerful factor influencing the health status of women and men;
# explores how being female can influence a woman's pattern of health and illness;
# outlines and discusses significant women's health problems;
# overviews the evidence about men's health status in Australia; and
# considers the influence of biological, cultural and social factors on men's health.

This chapter considers how being female or male influences a persson's health status. There is clear evidence that gender is an important factor in determining the amount of illness, the sorts of diseases and the life expectancy of an individual. Gender is not the only, nor necessarily the most important factor in determining health status, but its influence is pervasive. This chapter gives insights into the health experiences of both men and women, and provides analyses of the ways in which gender can influence these health expenences.

The stories of Sara and Warren are used to provide 'real life' examples of the main points made in this chapter. Their stories are not necessarily 'typical' of all women and men but they do highlight some of the common
health issues affecting each gender.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Chapter 4. Permanent restricted access to paper due to publisher's copyright restrictions. Multiple print copies held in the USQ Library at call no. 610.73 Liv.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Nursing (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Nursing (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 25 May 2010 11:00
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2015 06:17
Uncontrolled Keywords: heatlh; gender; male; female; men; women
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4205 Nursing > 420599 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 92 Health > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920599 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) not elsewhere classified

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