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Designing and Conducting Gender, Sex, and Health Research

Designing and Conducting Gender, Sex, and Health Research

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April 2011 | 280 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This book is the first textbook dedicated to critically examining gender and sex in study designs, methods, and analysis in health research. In order to produce ethical, accurate, and effective research findings it is vital to integrate both sex (biological characteristics) and gender (socially constructed factors) into any health study. This book draws attention to some of the methodological complexities in this enterprise and offers ways to thoughtfully address these by drawing on empirical examples across a range of topics and disciplines.

Designing and Conducting Gender, Sex, and Health Research is an invaluable resource for students undertaking research in health sciences, medicine, nursing, gender studies, women's studies, epidemiology, health policy, psychology, and sociology.

From John L. Oliffe and Lorraine Greaves:
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About the Editors and Contributors
Part I. Context & Concepts
Lorraine Greaves
Chapter 1. Why Put Gender and Sex Into Health Research?
Part II. Design
Joy L. Johnson and Robin Repta
Chapter 2. Sex and Gender: Beyond the Binaries
Joy L. Johnson, Robin Repta and Shirin Kalyan
Chapter 3. Implications of Sex and Gender for Health Research: From Concepts to Study Design
Pamela A. Ratner and Richard G. Sawatzky
Chapter 4. Approaches to the Measurement of Gender
Gillian Einstein
Chapter 5. Measuring Biological Sex
Part III: Sex and Gender Research
Cathy Chabot and Jeannie Shoveller
Chapter 6. Fieldwork: Observations and Interviews
Rebecca J. Haines-Saah and John L. Oliffe
Chapter 7. Visual Methods in Gender and Health Research
Alec Ostry and Amanda Slaunwhite
Chapter 8. Secondary Analysis: Gender, Age, Place
Brendan Gough and Steve Robertson
Chapter 9. Content and Discourse Analysis
Joan L. Bottorff, John L. Oliffe, Mary T. Kelly and Natalie A. Chambers
Chapter 10. Approaches to Examining Gender Relations in Health Research
Brenda Toner, A. Tang, A, Ali, D. Akman, N. Stuckless, M. J. Esplen, C. Rolin-Gilman and L. Ross
Chapter 11. Developing a Gender Role Socialization Scale
Part IV. Policy, Process, and Products
Toni Schofield
Chapter 12. Gender, Health, Research, and Public Policy
Nancy Poole
Chapter 13. Boundary Spanning: Knowledge Translation as Feminist Action Research in Virtual Communities of practice
John L. Oliffe
Chapter 14. Design, Methods, and Knowledge Exchange: Connections and Pathways
Author Index
Subject Index

Topics of developing adult include death and sexual content which are often of high interest to students but not always easy to work into dissertation projects. This is often due to their view of the numerous ethical issues involved. Oliffe's offers useful insight into the design and conducting of studies on sexual behaviour in which students can reflect on the ethics involved and learn from modern leading research and reflect on their own studies. In turn, I would recommend this book in considering the ethical issues which must be taken into consideration and can be overcome.

Mr Cal Cooper
Division of Psychology, Northampton University
April 19, 2015

I have read this book with great interest and clearly highlights the gender debate within the research process. I find it very useful for postgraduate students.

Mr Michael Bergin
Department of nursing and health sciences, Waterford Institute of Technology
April 10, 2013

This isn't applicable to the courses I teach simply because the focus is much more on gender and sex in health research; rather than gender, sex and health research as separate things.

Dr Lynne Hibberd
Cultural Studies and Humanities, Leeds Metropolitan University
April 25, 2012

Useful for students considering designing their own research and for others to gain a deeper understanding of the complex issues related to gender and the implications of these for researchers. A well written and useful text but not central for most of my students.

Ms Sandy Nelson
Public Health and Primary Care, University of West London
December 8, 2011

Excellent text that is easy to read, supported by clear diagrams and samples of research to facilitate learning. Highly recommended.

Miss Tracey Barnfather
Midwifery Division, Northampton University
October 25, 2011
Key features

Draws together the work of established researchers who share their experiences and expertise to build capacity and advance the empirical, methodological, and theoretical aspects of gender, sex, and health research.

Explores a range of issues involved in research design and methodology, providing practical examples that students and instructors can use to assess the merits and demerits of various approaches.

Discusses unresolved and emerging issues such as debates about language, theoretical approaches, and the interactions of sex, gender, and diversity to provide springboards for discussion and future research.

Addresses knowledge translation of sex, gender, and health research to bridge the gap between research findings, policy, and practice.

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