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Title: Female menopause : a male perspective
Author: Lunn, Sarah
ISNI:       0000 0004 2697 6925
Awarding Body: University of East London
Current Institution: University of East London
Date of Award: 2000
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Despite recent research into female menopause from the woman's perspective, men's views on this subject have received minimal attention. The few exceptions have been marred by the use of a female research paradigm where the variables under study have been derived from assumptions rather than empirical means. This qualitative study aims to explore the male perspective on this 'woman's issue' using grounded theory analysis. In-depth interviews were conducted with eight men, all of whom were in a relationship with a woman aged between 45 and 55 years. Men's accounts reflected two conflicting yet simultaneously held perspectives. The dominant theme, 'Journey through a taboo', conceptualized a hazardous journey for both women and men, where both were pulled into unknown territory and suffered losses along the way. The indignities of these losses and the association of menopause with sex created the status of taboo. An etiquette was described that restricted discussion, thus protecting the reputation of both sexes, and contributed towards a male 'ignorance'. By contrast, 'The alternative journey' presented a more positive vision where the experience was less arduous, challenges were laudably met and benefits were available to both parties. Despite an enduring taboo, men sought to overcome barriers inhibiting knowledge and dialogue. A future society, less constrained by the taboo, was envisaged. The ways in which these accounts reflect ongoing (often derogatory) social discourses are discussed. The implications of these findings are explored in relation to the psychological well-being of both women and men.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psych.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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