Thesis - Open Access
Number of 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
Colorado (state); Denver (county); Denver (inhabited place)
© Malia Olson
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Olson, Malia, "DYING TO BE MASCULINE: THE BARRIERS MEN FACE TO ACCESSING GENETIC COUNSELING" (2022). Regis University Student Publications. 1044.
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