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Masculinity and men’s health-seeking behaviour in Nigerian academia

Olanrewaju, Faith Osasumnen and Ajayi, Lady A. and Loromeke, E. R. and Olanrewaju, Adekunle and Allo, T. and Nwannebuife, Onwuli (2019) Masculinity and men’s health-seeking behaviour in Nigerian academia. Cogent Social Sciences, 5. pp. 1-15. ISSN (Print) 2331-1886

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The nexus between masculinity and men’s health-seeking behaviour is a multifaceted global discourse which has been quite enlightening when viewed from varying perspectives. Remarkably, cultural and patriarchal norms continually impact the chauvinistic character of men with regards to their health. It is in line with this that the study investigates men’s health-seeking behaviour in the Nigerian academia by identifying factors that impede their acceptability of and accessibility to available healthcare facilities. More specifically, the study examined the extent to which gender/masculinity influences the health-seeking behaviour amongst men and how this invariably affects their rights to health enshrined in goal 3 of the SDGs. The Courtenay’s relational theory of gender and men’s health is the most suitable theory that puts the discourse in proper perspective. Data was obtained via in-depth interviews conducted with male staff of Covenant University. A convenient sample of 8 respondents were purposively and randomly selected from across the various ranks of the population of the study. The interview results identified and outlined themes on the health-seeking behaviour amongst men in the academia. The paper argues that despite high educational attainments, masculinity and cultural norms remain major influencers of men's health-seeking behaviour. This study concludes that there is a need for health education, sensitization and campaigns in other to enhance health-seeking behaviour amongst men in the academia.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: gender; masculinity; men’s health; patriarchy; seeking-behaviour; Nigeria
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Mrs Patricia Nwokealisi
Date Deposited: 19 May 2021 16:18
Last Modified: 19 May 2021 16:18

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