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Masculinity, Social Support and Sense of Community: The Men's Group Experience in Western Australia

Reddin, Julie A and Sonn, Christopher C (2003) Masculinity, Social Support and Sense of Community: The Men's Group Experience in Western Australia. Journal of Men's Studies, 11 (2). pp. 207-223. ISSN 1060-8265 (1933-0251 online)

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Abstract

Different self help groups exist to help deal with emotional health issues unique to men. There is however, a dearth of research on the experiences men have in these groups in Australia. This study aimed to gain an understanding of men's experiences in men's groups in Western Australia. Twelve men were interviewed about their experiences in men's groups using a semi-structured interview schedule developed to explore how the groups facilitate self-understanding and personal change. Thematic analysis of the data showed that symbols, rituals, and group rules played a role in providing a safe environment for identity change and the groups provided strong emotional support. Analyses also revealed a process of personal change and identity transformation that takes place because of involvement in the men's groups. Implications of the findings are discussed with reference to strategies for change such as community based education and discussion forums for men.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID12307, men's groups, masculinity, identity, sense of community, emotional support
Subjects: Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
RFCD Classification > 370000 Studies in Human Society
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Depositing User: Mr Angeera Sidaya
Date Deposited: 05 May 2006
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2012 04:06
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/406
DOI: 10.3149/jms.1102.207
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