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Title: Barriers to reporting : police officers discuss male rape
Author: Shoultz, Eleanor
ISNI:       0000 0004 2711 8631
Awarding Body: University of East London
Current Institution: University of East London
Date of Award: 2011
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Male rape is an underreported crime and an under-researched phenomenon within Psychology generally. The thesis presents a discourse analytic study, which suggests an understanding of male rape from the perspective of culturally embedded understandings of sex, constructed notions of hegemonic masculinity and sexuality in Western society. This thesis focused on front counter police and their accounting practices for male rape, to explore whether they hold culturallybound discourses to explain male rape as laypeople do. The police are instrumental in managing this crime and will have interaction with survivors; hence information concerning their perspective of male rape is of vital importance, particularly in relation to the complexities of male rape and barriers to reporting. The study focused on interactional negotiations of meanings. Thus, discursive psychology (DP) theory and methodology were used to analyse the focus group transcripts. Four interpretative repertories were identified; male sexuality and rape repertoire, barriers to reporting rape repertoire, ambivalent society repertoire and media influence repertoire. Within each of the repertoires, two distinct patterns of talk were identified. Generally, the repertoires provided several implications for theory and practice in relation to front counter police officers' accounting for male rape; namely, that they did not see the culture of policing as necessary or able to change with respect to how male rape is viewed and dealt with, particularly in relation to other 'institutions' such as the media and the law. The front counter officers despite training, nevertheless drew on common cultural stereotypes of male rape, and thus suggested that police officers could undergo extensive awareness training on male rape to understand the complexities encompassing the phenomenon revealed here.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psych.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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