Journal article

Elderly South Asian Canadian immigrant men - Confirming and disrupting dominant discourses about masculinity and men's health

John L Oliffe, Suki Grewal, Joan L Bottorff, Haida Luke, Harshbir Toor

FAMILY & COMMUNITY HEALTH | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2007

Abstract

The experiences of elderly South Asian (SA) men who have immigrated to Canada provide unique insights to men's health and illness behaviors and beliefs. In this article, we describe the connections between masculinity, culture, and health among a cohort of 14 SA immigrant men. The findings indicated that participants' health behaviors were closely aligned to those of western men. However, a fine-grained analysis revealed how complex cultural connections informed and influenced many men's health behaviors and beliefs. Based on the study findings, recommendations for the future design of healthcare services targeted to SA men are made.

University of Melbourne Researchers