Men in the company of men: A scoping review of the effectiveness of Men’s Sheds

Lowry, Ruth G., Burkitt, Esther, Edmunds, Sarah and Farina, Nicolas (2018) Men in the company of men: A scoping review of the effectiveness of Men’s Sheds. In: Division of Sport & Exercise Psychology Conference, 3-4 December 2018, Hilton Hotel, Belfast.

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Abstract

The mortality, health and wellbeing of men and their willingness to seek support is recognised as falling below that of women. The gendered Community Men’s Sheds (CMS) movement originating in Australia is recognised as an effective space offering these men or “Shedders” the opportunity to learn skills and socialise. The documented benefits of CMS remain unclear despite recent growth in the number of specific research publications. The aim of this scoping review was to identify the direct physical health, psychosocial and learning benefits to Shedders resulting from their involvement. The review adopted a similar strategy to that employed by Milligan et al. (2016) which reviewed the CMS literature up to 2013. A search of the literature published between January 1st, 2013 and December, 7th 2018, identified 268 publications of which 31 articles that met the inclusion criteria. The majority of the included studies used cross-sectional, qualitative mixed-methods to evaluate the effectiveness of involvement in CMS with current Shedders. Few studies appeared to cite any theoretical underpinning to the Shed structure or to the evaluation framework adopted. Whilst participants perceive a myriad of positive benefits from their involvement, there still is a distinct lack of causality to the gathered evidence. Future research needs to consider the structure employed to evaluate CMS experiences thereby providing a more comprehensive understanding of Shed culture and the efficacy of this grassroots movement.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Departments > Sport and Exercise Sciences
Event Title: Division of Sport & Exercise Psychology Conference
Event Location: Hilton Hotel, Belfast
Event Dates: 3-4 December 2018
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Depositing User: Ruth Lowry
Date Deposited: 09 May 2019 12:47
Last Modified: 09 May 2019 12:47
URI: http://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/4655

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