Defining "Men's Health" Towards a More Inclusive Definition

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Alan White
Raewyn Connell
Derek M. Griffith
Peter Baker


A definition is required for men’s health that captures current thinking around men and their health and well-being globally. A new definition of men’s health should reflect greater complexity than that has existed in previously accepted, over-simplistic definitions of what constitutes “men’s health.” In addition, the most com-monly used definitions in the field that originated from the westernised countries of the Global North do not seem to be inclusive of the heterogeneity among a significant proportion of the world’s population. Definitions are important as they help drive academic endeavour, practice and policy; they also help shape organisations working in men’s health and, as such, they need to be as broad as possible. This paper outlines the limitations
and conceptual concerns in the current definitions and argues for a more inclusive definition.


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White, A., Connell, R., Griffith, D. M., & Baker, P. (2023). Defining "Men’s Health": Towards a More Inclusive Definition. International Journal of Mens Social and Community Health, 6(1), e1-e9.
Author Biographies

Alan White, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds, UK

Emeritus Professor of Men’s Health, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds, UK

Raewyn Connell, University of Sydney and Life Member, National Tertiary Education Union, Sydney, Australia

Professor Emerita, University of Sydney and Life Member, National Tertiary Education Union, Sydney, Australia

Derek M. Griffith, School of Health, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, USA

Professor of Health Management and Policy, School of Health, Georgetown University, Washington, DC

Center for Men’s Health Equity, Racial Justice Institute, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, USA

Peter Baker, Global Action on Men’s Health, London, UK

Director, Global Action on Men’s Health, London, UK


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