The definition and use of solution-linked sex/gender variables for the description of a study population as well as for multivariable data analysis aim to show sex/gender-related health inequalities. The concept focuses on underlying mechanisms that can be changed, instead of using only a binary sex/gender variable.
By referring to a sound theoretical concept of sex/gender, key sex/gender-related dimensions can be captured analytically. By using solution-linked sex/gender variables in data analysis, underlying mechanisms for sex/gender-related health inequalities can be described and starting points for the development of interventions to reduce these inequalities can be identified.
Sex/gender is not only considered as a static characteristic. Rather, mechanisms underlying the identified sex/gender differences are increasingly examined. This approach can prevent groups or individuals from being reduced to a single characteristic.
The integration of modifiable or solution-linked sex/gender variables into health monitoring and further into health reporting has the potential to strengthen the empirical basis for the development as well as the evaluation of sex/gender-responsive interventions.
Variables that can capture the multidimensionality of sex/gender are still rarely collected in population-based studies. A far-reaching integration of solution-linked sex/gender variables into multivariable analysis may fail due to the limited availability of data.
This document was retrieved from the AdvanceGender website (www.advancegender.info).
Emily Mena, Gabriele Bolte (University of Bremen, Institute for Public Health and Nursing Research, Department of Social Epidemiology) on behalf of the joint project AdvanceGender
Suggested citation: Mena E, Bolte G. WHRN gender concept for the selection of solution-oriented gender variables. In: AdvanceGender Study Group (ed.). Options for gender-sensitive and intersectionality-informed research and health reporting; 2022. (www.advancegender.info).
Contact persons: Gabriele Bolte (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Version: 1.0 (Date: 04.01.2022)