From February 2017, information about the work of the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow is available and updated on the University of Glasgow website.

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Research Projects

Men, Masculinities and Health

Although most studies within the gender and health programme attempt to systematically compare and contrast the prevalence and experience of ill-health, health related behaviours, and the impact of social constructions of gender on health in both sexes, a minority of projects  focus on men.

Please see the following sections of the website for findings on men and mental health, men and weight management , men and cancer, men and smoking, and men and alcohol.

Publications

2013

Emslie C, Hunt K, Lyons A. The role of alcohol in forging and maintaining friendships amongst Scottish men in midlife. Health Psychology 2013;32:33-41

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Hunt K, McCann C, Gray CM, Mutrie N, Wyke S. 'You've got to walk before you run' positive evaluations of a walking program as part of a gender sensitized weight management program delivered to men through professional football clubs. Health Psychology 2013;32:57-65

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2012

Emslie C, Hunt K, Lyons A. Older and wiser? Men’s and women’s accounts of drinking in early mid-life. Sociology of Health & Illness 2012;34:481-96

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Sime CA. Men’s experiences of having breast cancer: a comparison with women’s experiences [PhD], MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow 2012.

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2011

Gray C M, Hunt K, Lorimer K, Anderson AS, Benzeval M, Wyke S. Words matter: a qualitative investigation of which weight status terms are acceptable and motivate weight loss when used by health professionals. BMC Public Health 2011;11:513

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Hunt K, Adamson J, Hewitt C, Nazareth I. Do women consult more than men? A review of gender and consultation for back pain and headache. Journal of Health Services Research & Policy 2011;16:108-17

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McCartney G, Mahmood L, Leyland AH, Batty GD, Hunt K. Contribution of smoking-related and alcohol-related deaths to the gender gap in mortality: evidence from 30 European countries. Tobacco Control 2011;20:166-8

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Ridge D, Emslie C, White A. Understanding how men experience, express and cope with mental distress: where next?. Sociology of Health & Illness 2011;33:145-59

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2010

Green G, Emslie C, O'Neill D, Hunt K, Walker S. Exploring the ambiguities of masculinity in accounts of emotional distress in the military among young ex-servicemen. Social Science & Medicine 2010;71:1480-88

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Hunt K, Adamson J, Galdas P. Gender and help-seeking: towards gender-comparative studies. In: Kuhlmann E, Annandale E, editors The Palgrave handbook of gender and healthcare. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.

MacLean A, Sweeting H, Hunt K. ‘Rules’ for boys, ‘guidelines’ for girls: gender differences in symptom reporting during childhood and adolescence. Social Science & Medicine 2010;70:597-604

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2009

Batty GD, Hunt K, Emslie C, Lewars H, Gale C. Alcohol problems and all-cause mortality in men and women: predictive capacity of a clinical screening tool in a 21 year follow-up of a large, UK-wide, general population-based survey. Journal of Psychosomatic Research 2009;66:317-321

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Emslie C, Browne S, MacLeod U, Rozmovits L, Mitchell E, Ziebland S. 'Getting through' not 'going under': a qualitative study of gender and spousal support after diagnosis with colorectal cancer. Social Science & Medicine 2009;68:1169-76

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Emslie C, Hunt K. 'Live to work' or 'work to live'? A qualitative study of gender and work-life balance among men and women in mid-life. Gender, Work and Organization 2009;16:151-172

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Emslie C, Hunt K. Men, masculinities and heart disease: a systematic review of the qualitative literature. Current Sociology Monograph 2009;57:155-191

Emslie C, Lewars H, Batty GD, Hunt K. Are there gender differences in levels of heavy, binge and problem drinking? Evidence from three generations in the West of Scotland. Public Health 2009;123:12-14

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Emslie C, Mitchell R. Are there gender differences in the geography of alcohol-related mortality in Scotland? An ecological study. BMC Public Health 2009;9:58

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Gray C, Anderson A, Dalziel A, Hunt K, Leishman J, Wyke S. Addressing male obesity: an evaluation of a group-based weight management intervention for Scottish men. Journal of Men's Health and Gender 2009;6:70-81

Hilton S, Emslie C, Hunt K, Chapple A, Ziebland S. Disclosing a cancer diagnosis to friends and family: a gendered analysis of young men and women’s experiences. Qualitative Health Research 2009;19:744-54

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Hunt K, Batty GD. Gender and socioeconomic inequalities in mortality and health behaviours: an overview. In: Graham H, editor Understanding health inequalities. Second ed. Maidenhead: Open University Press, 2009:141-161.

O'Brien R, Hunt K, Hart GJ. ‘The average Scottish man has a cigarette hanging out of his mouth, lying there with a portion of chips’: prospects for change in Scottish men’s constructions of masculinity and their health-related beliefs and behaviours. Critical Public Health 2009;19:363-81

2008

Batty GD, Lewars H, Emslie C, Benzeval M, Hunt K. Problem drinking and exceeding guidelines for 'sensible' alcohol consumption in Scottish men: associations with life course socioeconomic disadvantage in a population-based cohort study. BMC Public Health 2008;8:302

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Emslie C, Hunt K. The weaker sex? Exploring lay understandings of gender differences in life expectancy: a qualitative study. Social Science & Medicine 2008;67:808-16

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Hilton S, Hunt K, Emslie C , Salinas M , Ziebland S. Have men been overlooked? A comparison of young men and women's experiences of chemotherapy-induced alopecia. Psycho-Oncology 2008;17:577-83

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2007

Emslie C, Ridge D, Ziebland S, Hunt K. Exploring men's and women's experiences of depression and engagement with health professionals: more similarities than differences? A qualitative interview study. BMC Family Practice 2007;8:43

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Emslie C. Kvinder, mænd og iskæmisk hjertesygdom: review af kvalitative studier - sekundærpublikation [Translated reprint of Emslie 2005: Women, men and coronary heart disease]. Tidsskrift for Sygelplejeforskning (Journal of Nursing Research) 2007;23:15-29

Hunt K, Lewars H, Emslie C, Batty GD. Decreased risk of death from coronary heart disease amongst men with higher 'femininity' scores: a general population cohort study. International Journal of Epidemiology 2007;36:612-620

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O'Brien R, Hart G, Hunt K. Standing out from the herd: men renegotiating masculinity in relation to their experience of illness. International Journal of Men's Health 2007;6:178-200

2006

Emslie C, Ridge D, Ziebland S, Hunt K. Men's accounts of depression: reconstructing or resisting hegemonic masculinity?. Social Science & Medicine 2006;62:2246-2257

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Hunt K, Sweeting H, Keoghan M, Platt S. Sex, gender role orientation, gender role attitudes and suicidal thoughts in three generations: a general population study. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology 2006;41:641-7

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MacLean A. Rules for the boys, guidelines for the girls: a qualitative study of the factors influencing gender differences in symptom reporting during childhood and adolescence [PhD], MRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit 2006.

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O'Brien R. Men's health and illness: the relationship between masculinities and health [PhD], MRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit 2006.

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2005

Emslie C. Women, men and coronary heart disease: a review of the qualitative literature. Journal of Advanced Nursing 2005;51:382-395

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O'Brien R, Hunt K, Hart G. 'It's caveman stuff, but that is to a certain extent how guys still operate' men's accounts of masculinity and help seeking. Social Science & Medicine 2005;61:503-516

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2004

Emslie C, Hunt K, Macintyre S. Gender, work-home conflict and minor morbidity amongst white-collar bank employees in the UK. International Journal of Behavioural Medicine 2004;11:127-134

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Emslie C, Hunt K, O'Brien R. Masculinities in older men: a qualitative study in the West of Scotland. Journal of Men's Studies 2004;12:207-226

Hunt K, Hannah MK, West P. Contextualizing smoking: masculinity, femininity and class differences in smoking in men and women from three generations in the West of Scotland. Health Education Research 2004;19:239-249.

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2003

Sweeting H, West P. Sex differences in health at ages 11, 13 and 15. Social Science & Medicine 2003;56:31-39

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2002

Emslie C, Fuhrer R, Hunt K, Macintyre S, Shipley M, Stansfeld S. Gender differences in mental health: evidence from three organisations. Social Science & Medicine 2002;54:621-624

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Emslie C, Hunt K, Macintyre S. How similar are the smoking and drinking habits of men and women in non-manual jobs?. European Journal of Public Health 2002;12:22-28

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2001

Emslie C, Hunt K, Watt G. Invisible women? The importance of gender in lay beliefs about heart problems. Sociology of Health & Illness 2001;23:201-231

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McConnachie A, Hunt K, Emslie C, Hart C, Watt G. 'Unwarranted survivals' and 'anomalous deaths' from coronary heart disease: prospective survey of general population. BMJ 2001;323:1487-1491

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1999

Emslie C, Hunt K, Macintyre S. Gender differences in minor morbidity among full time employees of a British university. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 1999;53:465-475

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Emslie C, Hunt K, Macintyre S. Gender or job differences? Working conditions amongst men and women in white-collar occupations. Work, Employment and Society 1999;13:711-729

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Emslie C, Hunt K, Macintyre S. Problematizing gender, work and health: the relationship between gender, occupational grade, working conditions, and minor morbidity in full-time bank employees. Social Science & Medicine 1999;48:33-48

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Hunt K, Ford G, Harkins L, Wyke S. Are women more ready to consult than men? Gender differences in general practitioner consultation for common chronic conditions. Journal of Health Services Research & Policy 1999;4:96-100

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Macintyre S, Ford G, Hunt K. Do women 'over- report' morbidity? Men's and women's responses to structured prompting on a standard question on long standing illness. Social Science & Medicine 1999;48:89-98

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1998

Wyke S, Hunt K, Ford G. Gender differences in consulting a general practitioner for common symptoms of minor illness. Social Science & Medicine 1998;46:901-906

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1990

Annandale E, Hunt K. Masculinity, femininity and sex: an exploration of their relative contribution to explaining gender differences in health. Sociology of Health & Illness 1990;12:24-46

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