“Will Courtenay’s work is the best thing that anybody has written on the subject of men’s health. He writes clearly, thinks concisely, and has done more homework than anyone in the field that I know of, and his conceptual framework is – as the Aussies put it – ‘spot on.'”
Don Sabo, PhD, coeditor of the award-winning book Men’s Health and Illness: Gender, Power and The Body and coauthor of Sex, Violence and Power in Sports: Rethinking Masculinity



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Dying To Be Men:
Psychosocial, Environmental and Biobehavioral Directions in Promoting the Health of Men and Boys
By Dr. Will Courtenay

Publications Are Listed Below

PRAISE for Dying to Be Men

Dr. Will Courtenay’s new book is truly the first of its kind. For all its academic excellence this lucid, easy to digest book is an alluring read for anyone concerned about men and boys. Beautifully written, it offers clear, concise and useful advice. — William S. Pollack, PhD, ABPP, Associate Clinical Professor, Harvard Medical School; author of the New York Times bestseller, Real Boys

It would be a truism to say that ‘Will Courtenay wrote the book on men’s health’ since, well, this is it! By examining different groups of men — by age, class, region, and race — Courtenay deepens our understanding of that crucial linkage between gender and health. — Michael Kimmel, PhD, Professor of Sociology, SUNY at Stony Brook, author of Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men and Manhood in America

Will Courtenay’s Dying to Be Men is the most readable discussion and comprehensive overview of boys’ and men’s health published to date. This book is a “must-read” resource for men’s health advocates, gender scholars, public health policymakers, epidemiologists, medical professionals, and health educators. There is simply no better source on men’s health in print. — Don Sabo, PhD, D’Youville College, author of Men’s Health and Illness: Gender, Power, and the Body and Masculinities, Gender Relations, and Sport

Dr. Courtenay both takes stock of existing research and looks to the future by opening up fresh issues and proposing a new interdisciplinary global and relational approach fit for the twenty-first century. The result is a timely, accessible book that will be an invaluable resource for social scientists and health practitioners alike. — Ellen Annandale, PhD, Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Leicester, author of The Sociology of Health and Medicine

Dr. Courtenay presents a thought-provoking analysis and comprehensive understanding of the current dire circumstances for men and the resulting negative impact on health and society. He shares a clear vision of how to move beyond our current norms for manhood to transform social, cultural, and environmental factors to improve wellbeing for all. — Larry Cohen, Executive Director, Prevention Institute, author of Prevention is Primary

Dying to Be Men is the most comprehensive resource on men’s health that I have encountered. Will Courtenay understands that men need more than information about their health — they need permission to care about it. Thus the empirical data and references are augmented by insightful analysis that contextualizes the growing body of research on men’s health. The result is a powerful tool that educators, therapists, policy-makers and anyone else who cares about men can use to challenge the outdated and deeply destructive idea that ‘real men’ don’t take care of themselves. — Jackson Katz author of The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help

This is absolutely the best book on men’s health available today. The depth and breadth of Courtenay’s research makes this an essential resource for anyone interested in promoting the health and well-being of men and boys. This is a unique contribution to the field that should be read by those in academia, clinical practice, and any man who wants the facts on how to live long and well. — Jed Diamond, PhD, LCSW, Founder & Director, MenAlive, author of Mr. Mean: Saving Your Relationship from the Irritable Male Syndrome and Male Menopause

Will Courtenay has created an exhaustive and well organized review of two decades of scholarship on men’s health. Dying to Be Men is the most important resource available for anyone interested in this issue, which is literally a matter of life and death. — Christopher Kilmartin, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, University of Mary Washington, author of The Masculine Self and The Pain Behind the Mask

At last, a collection of Will Courtenay’s important research and writing on men’s health, revised and brought up to date! It could not be timelier, given the urgent need for improved health care outcomes in the US. I will strongly recommend it to my students and colleagues. — Ronald F. Levant, EdD, ABPP, 2005 President, the American Psychological Association, Professor of Psychology, the University of Akron, Editor of the journal, Psychology of Men and Masculinity, and author of A New Psychology of Men and Masculinity Reconstructed


The following publications can be downloaded and viewed with Adobe Acrobat:


Courtenay, W.H.  (in press). Dying to be men: Psychosocial, environmental and biobehavioral directions in promoting the health of men and boys. New York: Routledge.

Courtenay, W.H.  (in progress). Sad dads: Paternal postnatal depression—what it is and what to do about it. 


Courtenay, W.H. (2002). A global perspective on the field of men’s healthInternational Journal of Men’s Health, 1(1), 1-13.will-courtenay7

Courtenay, W.H. (Guest Editor) & Keeling, R.P. (2000). Men’s health: A theme issue. Journal of American College Health, 48(6), 1-4.

Courtenay, W.H. (2004). Making health manly: Social marketing and men’s health. Journal of Men’s Health & Gender, 1(2-3), 275-276.

Book Chapters

Courtenay, W.H. (2011). Best practices for improving college men’s health: Designing effective programs and services for college men. In T.L. Davis & J.A. Laker (Eds), Masculinities in higher education: Theoretical and practical implications (pp. 177-192). New York: Routledge.

Courtenay, W.H. (2009). Chapter 1: Theorizing masculinity and men’s health. In A. Broom & P. Tovey (Eds.), Men’s health: Body, identity and social context (pp. 9-32)London, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.

Courtenay, W.H. (2007). Making health manly: Norms, peers, and men’s health. In L. Cohen, V. Chávez, & S. Chehimi (Eds.), Prevention is primary: Strategies for community wellbeing (pp. 51-52). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Courtenay, W.H. (2006). Rural men’s health: Situating men’s risk in the negotiation of masculinity. In H. Campbell, M. Mayerfeld-Bell & M. Finney (Eds.), Country boys: Masculinity and rural life (pp. 139-158). University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press.

Courtenay, W.H. (2006). Constructions of masculinity and their influence on men’s well-being: A theory of gender and health. S. Whitehead (Ed.), Men and masculinities (pp. 386-416). Andover, United Kingdom: Routledge.

Courtenay, W.H. (2004). Best practices for improving college men’s health. In G. E. Kellom (Ed.), Developing effective programs and services for college men (pp. 59-74). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Stanton, A.L., & Courtenay, W.H. (2003). Gender, stress and health. In R.H. Rozensky, N.G. Johnson, C.D. Goodheart, & R. Hammond (Eds.). Psychology builds a healthy world: Research and practice opportunities (pp. 105-135). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Courtenay, W.H. (2001). Counseling men in medical settings. In G.R. Brooks & G.E. Good (Eds.), The new handbook of psychotherapy and counseling with men: A comprehensive guide to settings, problems, and treatment approaches (Vol. 1, pp. 59-91). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Courtenay, W.H., & Sabo, D. (2001). Preventive health strategies for men in prison. In D. Sabo, T.A. Kupers, & W. London (Eds.), Prison masculinities (pp. 157-172)Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press.

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

Mansfield, A.K., Addis, M.E., & Courtenay, W. (2005). Measurement of men’s help seeking: Development and evaluation of the Barriers to Help Seeking ScalePsychology of Men and Masculinity, 6(2), 95-108.

McCreary, D.R., Saucier, D.M. & Courtenay, W.H. (2005). The drive for muscularity and masculinity: Testing the associations among gender role traits, behaviors, attitudes, and conflictPsychology of Men and Masculinity, 6(2), 83-94 .

Courtenay, W.H. (2003). Key determinants of the health and well-being of men and boysInternational Journal of Men’s Health, 2(1), 1-30

Courtenay, W.H., McCreary, D.R. & Merighi, J.R. (2002). Gender and ethnic differences in health beliefs and behaviorsJournal of Health Psychology, 7(3), 219-231.

Courtenay, W.H. (2000). Behavioral factors associated with disease, injury, and death among men: Evidence and implications for preventionJournal of Men’s Studies, 9(1), 81-142.

Courtenay, W.H. (2000). Constructions of masculinity and their influence on men’s well-being: A theory of gender and healthSocial Science & Medicine, 50(10), 1385-1401.

Courtenay, W.H. (2000). Engendering health: A social constructionist examination of men’s health beliefs and behaviors. Psychology of Men and Masculinity, 1(1), 4-15.

Courtenay, W.H. (2000). Teaming up for the new men’s health movement. Journal of Men’s Studies, 8(3), 387-392.

Courtenay, W.H. (2000). Social work, counseling, and psychotherapeutic interventions with men and boys: A bibliography. Men and Masculinities, 2(3), 330-352.

Courtenay, W.H., & Keeling, R.P. (2000). Men, gender, and health: Toward an interdisciplinary approachJournal of American College Health, 48(6), 1-4.

Courtenay, W.H. (1999). Youth violence? Let’s call it what it isJournal of American College Health, 48(3), 141-142.

Courtenay, W.H. (1998). College men’s health: An overview and a call to actionJournal of American College Health, 46(6), 279-290.

Fletcher-Brady, J., Gesell, I., & Courtenay, W. (1999). Don’t ignore the men: Wellness programs for men. American Journal of Health Promotion, 13(6), 384.

Courtenay, W.H. (1991). Are borderline clients underidentified in social agencies? Clinical Social Work Journal19(3), 309-325.

Articles in Non-Peer-Reviewed Journals or Publications

Courtenay, W.H. (2002). Men’s health: Ethnicity matters. Radiology Today, 3(4), 14-16.

Courtenay, W.H. (2001). Men’s health: Ethnicity matters. Social Work Today, 1(8), 20-22.

Courtenay, W.H. (2001). Men’s health in the U.S.A. Sex and Gender Matter – From Boys to Men: The Future of Men’s Health (pp. 15-17). Procedings of the First World Congress on Men’s Health. November 2-4, 2001, Vienna, Austria.

Courtenay, W.H. (2001). Who are the ‘men’ in ‘men’s health?’ The Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity Bulletin (The American Psychological Association), 6(3), 10-13.

Courtenay, W.H. (2001). College men’s health. In T.L. Davis, Men: On Campus (pp. 1-2). Washington, DC: American College Student Personnel Association.

Courtenay, W.H. (1999). Situating men’s health in the negotiation of masculinities. The Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity Bulletin (The American Psychological Association), 4(2), 10-12.

Courtenay, W.H. (1999). Communication strategies for improving men’s health. Resources, 2(4), 5-7.

Courtenay, W.H. (1998). Better to die than cry? A longitudinal and constructionist study of masculinity and the health risk behavior of young American men. (Doctoral dissertation, University of California at Berkeley). Dissertation Abstracts International, 59(08A), 232 pp. (Publication number AAT 9902042).

Courtenay, W.H. (1998). Guidelines for the treatment of men. Nursing Spectrum, 7(6), 5.

Courtenay, W.H. (1998). Communication strategies for improving men’s health: The 6-Point HEALTH PlanWellness Management, 14(1), 1, 3-4.

Courtenay, W.H. (1997). Focus on men’s health. Blue Shield of California Positive Personal Health,  4(2), 1.

Courtenay, W.H. (1997). A window on college men’s health. American College Health Association Action36(4), 1, 5.

Poster Sessions

Mansfield, A.K., Addis, M.E., & Courtenay, W.H. (2003, August). Men’s barriers to seeking help for a physical problem. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, Canada.

Merighi, J.R., Courtenay, W.H., & McCreary, D.R. (2000, August). College students’ health beliefs and behaviors: Gender and ethnic differences. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.

Fletcher-Brady, J., Gesell, I., & Courtenay, W. (1999, March). Don’t ignore the men: Wellness programs for men. Presented at the Art and Science of Health Promotion Conference, Amelia Island, Florida.


Courtenay, W.H. (1998). Health Risk Inventory. A 60-item instrument for measuring health beliefs and behaviors.

Courtenay, W.H. (1998). The Men’s Health Handbook. Berkeley, CA: Men’s Health Consulting.

Courtenay, W.H. (1996). Health Mentorä Health Risk Assessment for Men.

Courtenay, W.H. (1995). 6-point plan to improve men’s health. Training material.

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