Identifying male college students' perceived health needs, barriers to seeking help, and recommendations to help men adopt healthier lifestyles

J Am Coll Health. 2000 May;48(6):259-67. doi: 10.1080/07448480009596267.


Seven focus groups at a university campus were formed to identify college men's health concerns, barriers to seeking help, and recommendations to help college men adopt healthier lifestyles. Content analysis was used to identify and organize primary patterns in the focus-group data. Results of the study revealed that the college men were aware that they had important health needs but took little action to address them. The participants identified both physical and emotional health concerns. Alcohol and substance abuse were rated as the most important issues for men. The greatest barrier to seeking services was the men's socialization to be independent and conceal vulnerability. The most frequently mentioned suggestions for helping men adopt healthier lifestyles were offering health classes, providing health information call-in service, and developing a men's center. Implications of the results are discussed.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Attitude to Health*
  • Gender Identity*
  • Health Behavior
  • Health Promotion
  • Health Services Needs and Demand*
  • Humans
  • Life Style
  • Male
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care*
  • Patient Participation
  • Stress, Psychological / psychology
  • Stress, Psychological / therapy
  • Student Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Students*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United States
  • Universities