Course: Masculinity, Sexual Behavior and Health

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Topic Readings

Session 1: Overview Male Sexual & Reproductive Health


Santa Maria D, Rafferty J, Lau M, Guilamo-Ramos V, Tebb K, Chadi N, Ambresin AE, Vyver E, Marcell AV. Advocating for Adolescent and Young Adult Male Sexual and Reproductive Health: A Position Statement from the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine. J Adolescent Health. 2018;63(5):657-661.

Sonfield, A. Rounding Out the Contraceptive Coverage Guarantee: Why 'Male' Contraceptive Methods Matter for Everyone. Guttmacher Policy Review, 2015;18(2), 34-39.

Starrs AM, Ezeh AC, Barker G, et al. Accelerate progress-sexual and reproductive health and rights for all: report of the Guttmacher-Lancet Commission. Lancet. 2018;391(10140):2642-2692.

Optional Readings:
Burke PJ, Coles MS, Di Meglio G, et al. Sexual and reproductive health care: a position paper of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine. J Adolesc Health. Apr 2014;54(4):491-496.

Lanier, Y., & Sutton, M. Y. (2013). Reframing the context of preventive health care services and prevention of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections for young men: New opportunities to reduce racial/ethnic sexual health disparities. American Journal of Public Health, 103(2), 262-269.

Session 2: Masculinities: What it means to be a man and its relation to men's sexual & reproductive health

Giordano PC, Longmore MA, Manning WD. Gender and the meanings of adolescent romantic relationships: A focus on boys. American Sociological Review, 2006; 71:260–87.
[Note: Please focus your attention on understanding hypotheses, methods & results]

Heilman B, Barker G, Harrison A. (2017). The Man Box: A Study on Being a Young Man in the US, UK, and Mexico. Washington, DC and London: Promundo-US and Unilever.

Pleck JH. In Levant & WS Pollack (Eds.), A new psychology of men. New York: Basic Books. (1995). Chapter 1 - The gender role strain paradigm: An update. (pp. 11-32).

Ragonese C, Shand T, Barker G. Making connections: global evidence and action on men's health and masculinities. 2018. Promundo. Washington DC.

Stewart EA, Simons RL. Research in Brief: The Code of the street and African American adolescent violence. National Institute of Justice. Washington, DC. 2009.

Way N. Boys' friendships during adolescence: Intimacy, desire, and loss. Journal of Research on Adolescence. 2013;23(2):201-213.

Optional Readings:
Anderson R. (May 1994). The code of the streets. The Atlantic Monthly, 81-94.

Evans J, Frank B, Oliffe JL, Gregory D. Health, illness, men and masculinities (HIMM): a theoretical framework for understanding men and their health. J Men's Health. 2011;8(1):7-15.

Stewart EA, Simons RL. Structure and Culture in African American Adolescent Violence: A Partial Test of the "Code of the Street" Thesis, Justice Quarterly. 2006; 23(1):1-33.

Thompson Jr E. H., & Bennett, K. M. Measurement of Masculinity Ideologies: A (Critical) Review. Psychology of Men & Masculinities 2015; 16(2), 115-133; [FOCUS ON PAGES 115-124.]

Wilson BD, et al. Negotiating dominant masculinity ideology: strategies used by gay, bisexual and questioning male adolescents. Am J Comm Psych. 2010. 45:169-85.

Session 3: Other Frameworks that Inform Male Sexual & Reproductive Health Across the Lifespan

American Psychological Association, APA Working Group on Health Disparities in Boys and Men. (2018). Health disparities in racial/ethnic and sexual minority boys and men.
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Griffith DM. An intersectional approach to men's health. Journal of Men's Health. 2012;9(2):106-112.

Amy L. Herrick et al. Adversity and Syndemic Production Among Men Participating in the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study: A Life-Course Approach. American Journal of Public Health. 2013;103(1):79-85.

Marcell AV, Morgan AR, Sanders R, et al. The Socioecology of Sexual and Reproductive Health Care Use Among Young Urban Minority Males. J Adolesc Health. 2017;60(4):402-410.

Singer M, Bulled N, Ostrach B, Mendenhall E. Syndemics and the biosocial conception of health. Lancet. 2017;389(10072):941-950.

Optional Readings:
IOM (Institute of Medicine). 2011. The health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people: Building a foundation for better understanding. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. S1-S9.
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Lindau, S. T., Schumm, L. P., Laumann, E. O., Levinson, W., O'Muircheartaigh, C. A., & Waite, L. J. (2007). A study of sexuality and health among older adults in the United States. New England Journal of Medicine, 357(8), 762-774.

Session 4: Community-Based Interventions

Abebe KZ, Jones KA, Culyba AJ, et al. Engendering healthy masculinities to prevent sexual violence: Rationale for and design of the Manhood 2.0 trial. Contemp Clin Trials. 2018;71:18-32.

Fleming, Paul J., Joseph GL Lee, and Shari L. Dworkin. "Real Men Don't": Constructions of Masculinity and Inadvertent Harm in Public Health Interventions." American Journal of Public Health. 2014;104(6):1029-1035.

Haberland NA. The case for addressing gender and power in sexuality and HIV education: a comprehensive review of evaluation studies. Int Perspect Sex Reprod Health. 2015;41(1):31-42.

Hardee K, Croce-Galis M, Gay J. Are men well served by family planning programs? Reprod Health. 2017;14(1):14.

Petty John ME, Muzzey FK, Maas MK, McCauley HL. #HowIWillChange: Engaging Men and Boys in the #MeToo Movement. Psychology of Men & Masculinity. 2018 Advance online publication.
(Access journal via ResearchGate)

Pulerwitz J, Barker G, Segundo M, Nascimento M. 2006. Promoting more gender-equitable norms and behaviors among young men as an HIV/AIDS prevention strategy. Horizons Final Report. Washington, DC: Population Council.

Optional Readings:
Kirby D, Laris BA, Rolleri L - ETR Associates. The Impact of Sex and HIV Education Programs in Schools and Communities on Sexual Behaviors among Young Adults. Family Health International, Research Triangle Park, NC. 2006

Martino SC, Elliott MN, Corona R, Kanouse DE, Schuster MA. Beyond the "big talk": the roles of breadth and repetition in parent-adolescent communication about sexual topics. Pediatrics. Mar 2008;121(3):612-618.

Santa Maria, D., Markham, C., Bluethmann, S., & Mullen, P. D. (2015). Parent-Based Adolescent Sexual Health Interventions And Effect on Communication Outcomes: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analyses. Perspectives on sexual and reproductive health, 47(1), 37-50.

Session 5: Clinical Interventions: Help seeking & care delivery

Addis ME, & Mahalik JR. Men, masculinity, and the contexts of help seeking. Am Psychol. 2003;58(1):5-14.

Fine D, Warner L, Salomon S, Johnson DM. Interventions to Increase Male Attendance and Testing for Sexually Transmitted Infections at Publicly-Funded Family Planning Clinics. J Adolesc Health. 2017;61(1):32-39.

Knight R, Shoveller JA, Oliffe JL, Gilbert M, Goldenberg S. Heteronormativity hurts everyone: Experiences of young men and clinicians with sexually transmitted infection/HIV testing in British Columbia, Canada. Health. 2013;17(5):441-459.

Marcell AV, Gavin LE, Moskosky SB, McKenna R, Rompalo AM. Developing Federal Clinical Care Recommendations for Men. Am J Prev Med. 2015;49(2 Suppl 1):S14-22.

Shand T, Hopkins J, Zamir J, Perlson S, Marcell AV. Global sexual and reproductive health service package for men and adolescent boys. International Planned Parenthood Federation and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). 2017.

Optional Readings:
Galdas PM, Johnson JL, Percy ME, Ratner PA. Help seeking for cardiac symptoms: beyond the masculine-feminine binary. Soc Sci Med. 2010 Jul;71(1):18-24.

Hammond WP, Matthews D, Mohottige D, Agyemang A, Corbie-Smith G. Masculinity, medical mistrust, and preventive health services delays among community-dwelling African-American men. J Gen Intern Med. Dec;25(12):1300-1308.

Hoffman ND, Freeman K, Swann S. Healthcare preferences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth. J Adolesc Health. Sep 2009;45(3):222-229.

Rice, S., Salomon S., Fine, D. Getting Ready for Male Reproductive Health Services: An Assessment and Implementation toolkit. Cardea; Jan 2014; 1-110.

Zolna MR, Lindberg LD and Frost JJ, Couple-focused services in publicly funded family planning clinics: Identifying the need, 2009, New York: Guttmacher Institute, 2011.

Session 6: Class Presentations & Male Sexual & Reproductive Health: Training needs

Fadich A, Llamas RP, Giorgianni S, Stephenson C, Nwaiwu C. 2016 Survey of State-Level Health Resources for Men and Boys: Identification of an Inadvertent and Remediable Service and Health Disparity. Am J Mens Health. 2018;12(4):1131-1137.

Giorgianni SJ, et al. Developing the Discipline and Practice of Comprehensive Men's Health. American Journal of Men's Health. 2013;7(4):342-349.

Obedin-Maliver J, Goldsmith ES, Stewart L, et al. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender-related content in undergraduate medical education. JAMA. 2011;306(9):971-977.

Steinauer J, LaRochelle F, Rowh M, Backus L, Sandahl Y, Foster A. First impressions: What are preclinical medical students in the US and Canada learning about sexual and reproductive health? Contraception. 2009;80(1):74-80.

Session 7: Class Presentations (complete) & Wrap-Up & Evaluation

Hook C, Miller A, Shand T, Stiefvater E. Getting to Equal: Engaging men and boys in sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and gender equality. 2018. Washington, DC: Promundo-US.