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Type: Thesis
Title: Evaluating the factor structure and psychometric properties of the Health-Related Masculine Values Scale in the context of Australian men’s mental health
Author: Cusick, Rose
Issue Date: 2020
School/Discipline: School of Psychology
Abstract: To date, masculinity and men’s health research has focused almost exclusively on the health-damaging effects of conformity to masculine ideals and standards. Given the disparity in health outcomes for men compared to women, it is important to determine what constitutes men’s health-related values. The Health-Related Masculine Values Scale (HRMVS) is a measure designed to assess health-promoting ideas of masculinity. In a cross-sectional sample of Australian men (18 to 93 years, n = 898), confirmatory analyses supported an abbreviated eight-item, two factor model for the HRMVS (HRMVS-8) that was stable across younger (< 29 years), middle aged (30–64 years), and older men (≥ 65). The scale also demonstrated poor concurrent validity with a traditional measure of masculinity, and inadequate convergent validity with indicators of psychological distress and suicidality. Collectively, the results call into question the utility of the HRMVS-8 as a measure of positive, health-related masculine values.
Dissertation Note: Thesis (B.PsychSc(Hons)) -- University of Adelaide, School of Psychology, 2020
Keywords: Honours; Psychology
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