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The Men’s Shed program was developed in Australia in 2006 with the explicit goal of establishing a place for men to socially interact and to help maintain their health and well-being. The Men’s Shed program has grown tremendously and has continued their growth in many other countries. There is limited research conducted about the organizational and structural features of the Men’s Shed program. There has been no research to date conducted cross-culturally on the program. The aim of this study is to conduct a descriptive, cross-cultural study on Men’s Shed organizations and the characteristics of the Men’s Shed participants. By understanding the characteristics of this program it may help for the development of a similar program to be implemented in the United States. We were able to determine the following about the Men’s Shed characteristics: the programs are volunteer-based; there are many variations in the way they are operated; typically fees are charged but the amount varies widely; the main activities, programming, and benefits are relatively similar; and two-thirds of the men participating in the Men’s Shed are still married.
McGrail, Kaitlyn, "A Cross-Cultural Study Exploring Structural Factors of Men's Sheds" (2014). Honors Theses. 2441.
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