Constructions of Masculinity and Health Behaviour Among Hong Kong men
T.L. Rochelle1
1City University of Hong Kong
Background: Men suffer more severe chronic health conditions and have higher mortality for leading causes of death. Research suggests that men who endorse more traditional constructions of masculinity are less likely to engage in health protective behaviour. However, less attention has been paid to non-Western societies. Methods: The present study used a quantitative approach to examine the influence of age on health behaviours and masculinity, among Chinese men in Hong Kong. A total of 200 Chinese males are used in the present study, for the purpose of examining age-related differences, participants were split into two groups: younger (?25yrs) and older (?50yrs) age groups. Findings: Older men were significantly less likely to engage in preventive care and healthy dietary behaviour compared to their younger counterparts. Diet and social support were significant in their prediction of engagement in preventive care. Playboy behaviour, heterosexual presentation, and the primacy of work were all predictive of power over women. Discussion: Findings are discussed in relation to the influence of culture. The implications of the findings for future research are discussed.