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Gender and health-related attitudes: The role of a "macho" self-concept

Sieverding, Monika

In: Weidner, Gerdi (Hrsg.): Heart disease : environment, stress and gender . IOS Press, Amsterdam [u.a.] 2002, pp. 237-250 (NATO science series: Series I: Life and behavioural sciences ; 327) . ISBN 1-586-03082-5

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Abstract

This article discusses two studies examining the relationship of a "macho" self-concept and health-relevant variables. A macho self-concept was operationalized through its similarity to a "Marlboro man" prototype, which had been assessed in a prior study. The first study was conducted with medical students and physicians and assessed their motivation to participate in a stress management course in relation to their self-concept. The second study tested the hypothesis that a macho self-concept influences self-ratings ofhealth and physical symptoms among East and West German university students. Results ftom both studies support the hypothesis that a macho self-concept is strongly related to variables associated with ill health. This association was more pronounced among men than among women.

Item Type: Book Section
Editors: Weidner, Gerdi
Title of Book: Heart disease : environment, stress and gender
Series Name: NATO science series: Series I: Life and behavioural sciences
Volume: 327
Publisher: IOS Press
Place of Publication: Amsterdam [u.a.]
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2015 15:12
Date: 2002
ISBN: 1-586-03082-5
Page Range: pp. 237-250
Faculties / Institutes: The Faculty of Behavioural and Cultural Studies > Institute of Psychology
Subjects: 150 Psychology
610 Medical sciences Medicine
Controlled Keywords: Geschlechterrolle, Gesundheitsverhalten, Selbstbild
Uncontrolled Keywords:
Additional Information: Vollständiger Buchtitel: Heart disease: environment, stress and gender; [proceedings of the NATO Advanced Research Workshop on Increase in Coronary Heart Disease in Central and Eastern Europe : Stress and Gender Related Factors 20 -24 May, 2000, Budapest, Hungary]
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