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Sandra Nakagawa

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Sandra Nakagawa



Why are men less likely than women to engage in many common healthy and pro-environmental behaviors? My dissertation focuses on how preferences in these two domains are shaped by an individual’s gender identity (i.e., one’s sense of masculinity or femininity). Specifically, I argue that men often enact masculinity by actively avoiding environmental and health-promoting practices that are seen as feminine and care-oriented. In addition, this research shows how to increase men’s levels of health and environmental practices by reframing these to fit more closely with beliefs about masculinity.