Designing and Conducting Gender, Sex, and Health Research

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John L. Oliffe, Lorraine Greaves
SAGE, Apr 18, 2011 - Medical - 280 pages
This book provides the first resource dedicated to critically examining gender and sex in study designs, methods, and analysis in health research. In order to produce ethical, accurate, and effective research findings it is vital to integrate both sex (biological characteristics) and gender (socially constructed factors) into any health study. This book draws attention to some of the methodological complexities in this enterprise and offers ways to thoughtfully address these by drawing on empirical examples across a range of topics and disciplines.

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1 Why Put Gender and Sex Into Health Research?
2 Sex and Gender
3 Implications of Sex and Gender for Health Research
4 Approaches to the Measurement of Gender
5 Measuring Biological Sex
Sex and Gender Research
6 Fieldwork
9 Content and Discourse Analysis
10 Approaches to Examining Gender Relations in Health Research
11 Developing a Gender Role Socialization Scale
Policy Process and Products
13 Boundary Spanning
14 Design Methods and Knowledge Exchange
Author Index

7 Visual Methods in Gender and Health Research
8 Secondary AnalysisGender Age and Place

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Dr. John Oliffe is an Associate Professor at the School of Nursing, University of British Columbia. Focusing on masculinities as they pertain to men's health and illness, his men's health research encompasses diverse issues including prostate cancer, smoking patterns in men, men's depression and suicide, and other health promotion initiatives. His studies address the tripartite of men's health research issues - empirical, methodological, and theoretical. Moreover, his contributions include applications of qualitative methods and descriptive findings as interventions addressing gender and health issues. His findings are featured in over 200 academic conferences and workshops, and 100 peer-reviewed publications.

Lorraine Greaves is a senior investigator with the British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, and a clinical professor in the School of Population and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia. She has a doctorate in medical sociology from Monash University and has published widely on a range of women’s health issues and the integration of gender and women’s health into program, policy, and practice. Her special areas of research interests focus on women, substance use, trauma, and violence. Her extensive research on women, gender, and tobacco use and policy has influenced national and international bodies. She has received numerous awards including an honorary doctorate from the University of Ottawa for her contributions to women’s health in Canada.

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