Men's Sheds function and philosophy: towards a framework for future research and men's health promotion

Wilson, Nathan, Cordier, Cordier, Doma, Kenji, Misan, Gary, and Vaz, Sharmila (2015) Men's Sheds function and philosophy: towards a framework for future research and men's health promotion. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 26 (2). pp. 133-141.

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Issue addressed: The Men's Shed movement supports a range of men's health promotion initiatives. This paper examines whether a Men's Shed typology could inform future research and enable more efficient and targeted health promotion activities through Men's Sheds.

Methods: The International Men's Shed Survey consisted of a cross-sectional exploration of sheds, their members, and health and social activities. Survey data about shed 'function' and 'philosophy' were analysed using descriptive and inferential statistics.

Results: A framework of Men's Sheds based on function and philosophy demonstrated that most sheds serve a primary utility function, a secondary social function, but most importantly a primary social opportunity philosophy. Sheds with a primary health philosophy participated in fewer health promotion activities when compared with sheds without a primary health philosophy.

Conclusions: In addition to the uniform health promotion resources distributed by the Men's Shed associations, specific health promotion activities, such as prostate education, are being initiated from an individual shed level. This framework can potentially be used to enable future research and health promotion activities to be more efficiently and effectively targeted.

Item ID: 39399
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1036-1073
Keywords: men's health promotion, masculinity, social inclusion
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2015 03:27
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111705 Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920504 Occupational Health @ 100%
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