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"I've been independent for so damn long!": Independence, masculinity and aging in a help seeking context

Journal Article


Abstract


  • This paper draws on semi-structured interviews conducted with 36 older men to examine how older men's understandings of independence relate to their help seeking behaviours and health service use. We argue that discourses of masculinity and successful aging are both represented in men's talk about independence. Recognising that these discourses are intertwined is important for understanding how older men seek help and use health services. We outline the practice and policy implications of viewing older men's help seeking behaviours in this way, and how it might be useful for promoting older men's health. © 2007 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Publication Date


  • 2007

Citation


  • Smith, J. A., Braunack-Mayer, A., Wittert, G., & Warin, M. (2007). "I've been independent for so damn long!": Independence, masculinity and aging in a help seeking context. Journal of Aging Studies, 21(4), 325-335. doi:10.1016/j.jaging.2007.05.004

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-36049048293

Start Page


  • 325

End Page


  • 335

Volume


  • 21

Issue


  • 4

Abstract


  • This paper draws on semi-structured interviews conducted with 36 older men to examine how older men's understandings of independence relate to their help seeking behaviours and health service use. We argue that discourses of masculinity and successful aging are both represented in men's talk about independence. Recognising that these discourses are intertwined is important for understanding how older men seek help and use health services. We outline the practice and policy implications of viewing older men's help seeking behaviours in this way, and how it might be useful for promoting older men's health. © 2007 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Publication Date


  • 2007

Citation


  • Smith, J. A., Braunack-Mayer, A., Wittert, G., & Warin, M. (2007). "I've been independent for so damn long!": Independence, masculinity and aging in a help seeking context. Journal of Aging Studies, 21(4), 325-335. doi:10.1016/j.jaging.2007.05.004

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-36049048293

Start Page


  • 325

End Page


  • 335

Volume


  • 21

Issue


  • 4