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Shedding light on men: the building healthy men project

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Background

    Men's Sheds are community-based places where men can enjoy each other's company and where self-worth can be promoted through the development of artistic or manual skills. The Shed helps men to strengthen and maintain social links and continue to feel they are useful members of the community once they have retired from the workforce.

    Methods

    The Building Healthy Men Project (BHMP) used the Men's Shed model to provide a group of retired and/or unemployed men from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds with opportunities to develop new skills, reduce their social isolation and increase their self-esteem and sense of purpose in an area of relative social disadvantage.

    This paper aims to contribute evidence on the types of outcomes for men's health and well-being that can be achieved and measured through their participation in a Men's Shed.

    Evaluation

    The evaluation used a Participatory Action Research (PAR) process including a variety of data collection tools to examine the project processes and outcomes.

    Results

    The evaluation showed that as a result of their involvement in the project the men increased their sense of purpose, self worth and self confidence. They also broadened their social networks and increased their skill levels.

    Conclusions

    The BHMP evaluation highlighted lessons on the implementation and effects of an all-male social support network and the domains of outcome measurement that would be useful in health promotion programs targeting men from culturally diverse backgrounds in a socially disadvantaged area.

Authors


  •   Fildes, David L.
  •   Cass, Yona (external author)
  •   Wallner, F (external author)
  •   Owen, Alan G. (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2010

Citation


  • D. L. Fildes, Y. Cass, F. Wallner & A. G. Owen, "Shedding light on men: the building healthy men project", Journal of Men's Health 7 3 (2010) 233-240.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84866565172

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/gsbpapers/303

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 7

Start Page


  • 233

End Page


  • 240

Volume


  • 7

Issue


  • 3

Abstract


  • Background

    Men's Sheds are community-based places where men can enjoy each other's company and where self-worth can be promoted through the development of artistic or manual skills. The Shed helps men to strengthen and maintain social links and continue to feel they are useful members of the community once they have retired from the workforce.

    Methods

    The Building Healthy Men Project (BHMP) used the Men's Shed model to provide a group of retired and/or unemployed men from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds with opportunities to develop new skills, reduce their social isolation and increase their self-esteem and sense of purpose in an area of relative social disadvantage.

    This paper aims to contribute evidence on the types of outcomes for men's health and well-being that can be achieved and measured through their participation in a Men's Shed.

    Evaluation

    The evaluation used a Participatory Action Research (PAR) process including a variety of data collection tools to examine the project processes and outcomes.

    Results

    The evaluation showed that as a result of their involvement in the project the men increased their sense of purpose, self worth and self confidence. They also broadened their social networks and increased their skill levels.

    Conclusions

    The BHMP evaluation highlighted lessons on the implementation and effects of an all-male social support network and the domains of outcome measurement that would be useful in health promotion programs targeting men from culturally diverse backgrounds in a socially disadvantaged area.

Authors


  •   Fildes, David L.
  •   Cass, Yona (external author)
  •   Wallner, F (external author)
  •   Owen, Alan G. (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2010

Citation


  • D. L. Fildes, Y. Cass, F. Wallner & A. G. Owen, "Shedding light on men: the building healthy men project", Journal of Men's Health 7 3 (2010) 233-240.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84866565172

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/gsbpapers/303

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 7

Start Page


  • 233

End Page


  • 240

Volume


  • 7

Issue


  • 3