'Not living life in too much of an excess': lay men understanding health and well-being

Health (London). 2006 Apr;10(2):175-89. doi: 10.1177/1363459306061787.


While research on lay perspectives of health now has a well established history, specific empirical data on male lay perspectives of health and well-being are largely absent. Drawing on focus group data and in-depth interviews with 20 lay men (including sub-samples of gay men and disabled men), and seven health professionals, this article explores how the men conceptualized 'health' and the gendered nature of such conceptualizations. Specific emphasis is given to considering notions of 'control' and 'release', and the associated issues of 'risk' and 'responsibility', in the participants' health narratives. A conceptual model for understanding 'masculinity' and 'health' is presented.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Attitude to Health*
  • Disabled Persons / psychology
  • HIV Infections / psychology
  • Health Promotion*
  • Homosexuality, Male / psychology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Men / psychology*
  • Risk Factors