First Advisor

Erin Winterrowd


Michael Ghedotti


Regis College

Degree Name


Department (optional)


Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Number of Pages

70 pages


There is a crisis in healthcare that is often not discussed: men’s health. Men die younger, are more burdened by illness during life, fall ill at a younger age, and have more chronic illnesses than women. Contradictory concepts of health, struggles with help-seeking, and worse healthcare outcomes and life expectancies for men can be traced back to attempts to conform to hegemonic masculine ideals or social norms. Although researchers have studied the stigma of help-seeking in men, these ideas have yet to be extended to the field of genetic counseling. This review outlines the barriers that men face when accessing genetic counseling, using a socioecological conceptual framework. Through pursuing genetic counseling, men are supported through their healthcare decisions, empowered to seek personalized care, and taught the skills to communicate their health challenges to healthcare providers and important people in their lives. Accessing genetic counseling presents an opportunity to challenge narratives of hegemonic masculinity to improve healthcare for men.

Date of Award

Spring 2022

Location (Creation)

Colorado (state); Denver (county); Denver (inhabited place)

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