Gender Disparities in Health: Strategic Selection, Careers, and Cycles of Control

Please read the article by Phyllis Moen and Kelly Chermack. This article provides an overview of the pathways between gender and health, across the spectrum of femininity and masculinity. As you read it, think about how the various factors described (caregiving, gender roles and expectations, coping, locus of control, etc.) create advantages or disadvantages. Bear in mind also that the health disadvantages of gender do not always flow in the same direction. In particular, think about the various social and humanistic factors related to our gendered experiences within society help explain the public health adage, "Women get sicker, but men die quicker."