Gender And Health

Authored by: Barbara Parfitt

The Routledge Handbook of Gender and Development

Print publication date:  February  2015
Online publication date:  February  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415829083
eBook ISBN: 9780203383117
Adobe ISBN: 9781134094714


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Gender differences in health among men and women are thought to be the result of a combination of biological, sociocultural, and psychological influences. Women live longer than men despite suffering higher levels of morbidity. In both developed and developing countries women use health services, when able to access them, more frequently than men and suffer more clinical signs of illness. Men are reluctant to seek medical advice although often engaging in lifestyles that expose them to greater threats (Hankivsky 2012).

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