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Title: Men's experiences of violence and abuse from a female intimate partner : power masculinity and institutional systems
Author: Josolyn, Simon
Awarding Body: University of East London
Current Institution: University of East London
Date of Award: 2011
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The phenomenon of intimate partner abuse has attracted considerable attention over the past 40 years. However, although the epidemiological literature has consistently reported that at least 30-40% of those experiencing intimate partner abuse are men, it has come to be constructed as a gendered social problem where heterosexual men are stereotyped as `dangerous' perpetrators and their female partners as `vulnerable' victims. Consequently, the `abused man' and the `abusing woman' have come to be marginalized, not only in statutory policy and service provision, but also in academic research and the development of psychological interventions. My thesis argues that heterosexual `abused men' are constrained from occupying the position of victim and are consequently denied the compassion and support available to `abused women'. The research sought to understand how heterosexual men constructed their experiences of abuse and to consider how these constructions impacted on the negotiation of their identity in response to abuse and also their help-seeking conduct. The research was informed by a critical realist epistemology and adopted a discourse analytic approach, drawing on the work of Michel Foucault. The men's accounts constructed their partner's behaviour as challenging but nonimpactful, and explainable by psychological problems, caused by past traumatic experiences, and precipitated by current material stressors. The warranted responses included endurance, social withdrawal and seeking psychological support for the partner. The constructions drew attention to a range of institutional and self-disciplinary practices, deployed in the context of stereotyped accounts of gender and partner abuse, which served to constrain the men's public identities and help-seeking conduct. This research echoes calls for more inclusive research into the phenomenon of partner abuse and psychological interventions for `abused men' and `abusing women'. Those who provide services, including psychological services, should also be better informed and trained to respond appropriately to `abused men' and `abusing women'.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D. of Clin. Psyc.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.542307  DOI: Not available
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