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Images of women's health: social construction of gendered health

Date: 1.1.1996-31.7.2002
Code: 22610
Department: Åbo Akademi University / Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences (ESF), Dept. of Sociology
Address: Gezeliusgatan 2, FIN-20500 Åbo
Phone +358-02-2154326
Fax +358-2-2154 808
E-mail eriska@abo.fi
Project leader: PhD Elianne Riska, professor (1.1.1996-31.7.1998)
Researchers: PM Elina Oinas (1.6.1997-31.12.1999)
PL Ulrica Lövdahl (1.1.1996-31.12.1997)
PM Jan Wickman (1.2.1998-31.12.2000)
Ph.D. Jeff Hearn (1.8.1998-31.7.1999)
PM Vanessa May (1.9.1998-31.12.2000)
Ph.D. Cecilia Benoit (1.9.1998-31.12.1998)
Type of research: 0 (0=Within duty, 1=Ordered research, 2=Co-operation)
- basic research 100 %
Finnish funding organizations: Finlands akademi, Helsingfors () FIM 1878000
Man months: Totally: 235 months
Partners: Forskarskolan vid Helsingfors universitet - Befolkning, hälsa och levnadsförhållanden - Väestön terveys ja elinolot
Keywords: hälsa, kön, terveys, sukupuoli, kön, hälsa, health, gender,

The purpose of the research project is to illuminate the social and cultural dimensions of health and illness by examining two gendered aspects of health - the gendered body and the social construction of menthal health. the gendered body is examined both by studying young women's perceptions of the development of their own body and by analysis of the Finnish debate on the transgendered body.The gendered aspects of menthal health are investigated by analyzing empirical data on gender portrayals and metaphors in advertisements for psychotropic drugs in Nordic medical journals in 1975-1995, on long-term users of prychotropics and their views on the use and drug dependency, on the diagnoses of female mental patients in fInland at the turn of the country, and on the life histories of single mothers.The research project includes a historical and projective review of women physicians' and womens's health in health care.


11.9.1996 / 11.6.1998