Exploring women's perceptions about their role in supporting partners' and sons' reproductive health care

Arik V. Marcell, Terry Lee Howard, Keith Plowden, Catherine Watson

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Abstract

Women serve as important health information sources for young men. No previous study has explored women's perceptions about this role related to young men's sexual and reproductive health (SRH) care. Twenty African American women recruited from two clinics participated in three focus groups to explore perceptions to engage young men in SRH care. Themes were identified that may facilitate and/or hinder women to engage young men in SRH care: 1) communication/actions to provide support; 2) challenges in providing support; 3) traditional gender role perceptions and other access barriers; and 4) motivation, influence and control. Participants were interested and willing to support young men's SRH including sharing information about clinics (95%), making appointments (90%), going to visits together (90%), and having joint appointments (67%). Findings provide a foundation for programs interested to engage women as health promotion agents to improve young men's SRH care access. Future efforts should explore the generalizability of study findings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)297-304
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican journal of men's health
Volume4
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2010

Keywords

  • African American
  • barriers to care
  • health promotion
  • male reproductive health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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