The Interdependence of African American Men's Definitions of Manhood and Health

Derek M. Griffith, Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein, Marino A. Bruce, Roland J. Thorpe, Jonathan M. Metzl

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In this article, we explore themes that cut across how 24- to 77-year-old African American men define manhood and health. Utilizing a thematic approach, we analyzed data from 9 focus groups (N = 73). We found that manhood and health were relational constructs that are interrelated in men's minds and experiences. Manhood and health were defined by the characteristics men embody, the behaviors men engage in, and the goals and values men had to positively influence their families and communities. Thus, manhood and health are interdependent constructs and their interrelationship should be considered in efforts to promote African American men's health.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)284-296
Number of pages13
JournalFamily and Community Health
Issue number4
StatePublished - Sep 7 2015


  • African American
  • manhood
  • masculinity
  • men's health
  • social determinants of health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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