What are the gender-related lifestyle and behavioral differences that lead to and prevent the health issue?

What are the gender-related lifestyle and behavioral differences that lead to and prevent the health issue?

A third health-related factor that may come into play when questioning the gender differences in health issues is how the health care system treats men and women. For example, men and women are screened differently, diagnosed differently, and treated differently for many health problems. There may also be gender bias in the diagnostic tools used for mental health disorders.

To fully understand the gender-related differences in physical and mental health, it is useful to analyze a specific health issue in depth. What are the differences, why are there differences, and what is the impact of these differences? These are common questions in the area of psychology of gender.

To prepare for this assignment:

Review Chapter 13 in the course text, Gender: Psychological Perspectives. Focus on the gender-related differences and similarities in issues related to health, including the incidence, mortality rates, diagnoses, and prognoses for various health issues; lifestyle and behavioral differences that lead to and/or possibly prevent health problems, and issues related to health delivery systems.

Review the article on gender effects on health and health care.

Select a physical or mental issue that interests you that has gender-related differences, and explore this health issue in some depth.

Consider the following elements in your analysis:

What are the differences between genders in the incidence, mortality rate, diagnosis, and prognosis of that health issue?

What are the gender-related lifestyle and behavioral differences that lead to and prevent the health issue?

What influence might gender have on how men and women are treated by health care professionals and the health care system?

The assignment (3–4 pages):

Briefly describe the physical or mental health issue you have selected.

Compare (similarities and differences) the following factors for men and women:

The incidence, mortality rate, diagnosis, and prognosis of that health issue

The lifestyle and behavior differences that lead to and/or may prevent the health issue

Issues related to health care access, diagnosis, and treatment by health care professionals

Discuss your insights on gender differences and your thoughts about how these gender differences might impact individuals from each gender, the health care system, and society as a whole.

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