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Intensions Study: Health Stigma & Toughness

Intensions Study: Health Stigma & Toughness

A new study conducted by Intensions Consulting and the Canadian Men’s Health Foundation has found that thirty-five percent of men believe it’s important to demonstrate toughness, endorsing views that men should ‘never reveal their vulnerability’ and should ‘take risks, even though they might get injured’.

The study, which was published in the latest edition of Oxford’s Health Promotion International, involved an online survey with 2000 Canadian men between the ages of 19 and 94 years. The study found that holding these toughness beliefs was associated with a greater frequency of health risks among men, in particular having significantly higher rates of unhealthy eating behavior and higher screening rates for depression.

Intensions Study in the Daily Mail

Intensions Study in the Daily Mail

On December 3, 2018, the Daily Mail published an article titled, 'Millennial men value good health and altriusm over ‘masculine’ traits’ . Written by Mia De Graaf, the article was based on the findings from our recent Intensions Consulting and UBC study on The New Values of Millennial Men.

To quote from the article: "Basically, 'if you look at all the published literature on this, the answer is: men don't do health,' Nick Black, managing partner at Intensions Consulting, who co-authored the paper with the University of British Columbia, told DailyMail.com. Getting to the heart of what men aspire to be, Black says, could shed light on why men's health is typically so poor, and how to get around it. 'These constructs of gender, and how you perform them, has a lot of influence on behaviors.' If we understand what those constructs look like, he says, 'we can have a big impact on health.' The team recruited more than 600 men, and interviewed them. First asking them 'what does it mean to be a man?', before probing them to explain their answers.”

Intensions Study on Fresh Radio

Intensions Study on Fresh Radio

On April 29, 2018, Fresh Radio published an article titled, ‘What makes a man? Millennials say selflessness, openness, personal health.’ Written by Monique Scotti, the article was based on the findings from our recent Intensions Consulting and UBC study on The New Values of Millennial Men.

Intensions Men's Values Study Online

Intensions Men's Values Study Online

Over the past month, our recent Intensions Consulting study on The New Values of Millennial Men has appeared on a number of online news, trade magazine and media platforms, including: Science Daily, Earth.com, AskMen.com, Neuroscience News, PsychCentral, EurekAlert and IFLScience. Below are summaries and links to these articles and the public discussions that they generated.

Intensions Study in Slate

Intensions Study in Slate

On May 11, 2018, Slate Magazine published an article titled, ‘Une définition plus ouverte de la masculinité permettrait aux hommes de gagner en longévité.’ Written by Peggy Sastre, the article was based on the findings from our recent Intensions Consulting and UBC study on The New Values of Millennial Men.

To quote for the article: “Quelques jours plus tôt, des chercheurs de l'université de la Colombie-Britannique, associés à l'institut de sondage Intensions Consulting, publiaient une étude montrant que les Canadiens âgés de 15 à 29 ans semblent délaisser les valeurs masculines traditionnelles –l'égoïsme, l'hédonisme, la compétition– pour leur préférer l'ouverture à autrui et le souci de son propre bien-être, physique comme psychique.”