Potential moderators of masculinity ideology and health risk in college Black men

Hugh Tullos Love, Fordham University


The health and well-being of Black men is a major concern. Black men continue to have higher rates of morbidity and mortality than any other group regardless of race or gender. The current study sought to investigate the relationship between Black men's endorsement of traditional masculinity norms and their engagement in health risk behaviors. The potential moderating influence of male identity and attitudes associated with stage of gender-role development was also investigated. Participants were 132 young Black men ages 18-25 recruited at colleges and universities in the northeastern and southern United States. Findings indicated relationships between specific norms of traditional masculinity ideology and both sexual and general health risk behaviors. Male identity and phase of gender-role development were also found to have relationships with health risk behaviors. Moderation hypotheses were tested using sequential multiple regression and no significant effects were observed. These findings support past research suggesting that some masculinity norms are more associated with health risk behaviors than others. Implications and potential future research directions are discussed based on the findings.

Subject Area

Black studies|Social psychology|Public health|Personality psychology|Cognitive psychology|Gender studies

Recommended Citation

Love, Hugh Tullos, "Potential moderators of masculinity ideology and health risk in college Black men" (2015). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI3703256.