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Title: Discursive power games in counselling psychologists' therapeutic accounts of working with male sexual dysfunction : a Foucauldian analysis
Author: Jones, Lee
ISNI:       0000 0004 6499 8236
Awarding Body: University of Roehampton
Current Institution: University of Roehampton
Date of Award: 2017
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Male sexual dysfunction is considered to be a problematic discursive site due to the diverse ways in which it is constructed and therapeutically conceptualised. Under-researched within the discipline of counselling psychology to date, this diagnostic category needs to be explored to identify ways in which counselling psychologists construct this presenting problem. Therefore the aim of this research was to interrogate how a volunteer group of counselling psychologists understood and worked with male sexual dysfunction in order to make visible some of the masked discursive practices related to its diverse constructions. Ten counselling psychologists were interviewed and a Foucauldian discourse analysis conducted, which interrogated the discursive power games implicated in these participants' accounts. The findings produced firstly identified the wider contextual cultural norms that seemed to regulate male sexuality within gendered masculinity discourses. Secondly, three distinct discursive therapeutic subject positions and their related power games were identified as talked about by these participants. Overall, it is argued that these findings indicate that for these counselling psychologists, male sexual dysfunction is a mutable, diversely power-laden, and thereby problematic, construct. Furthermore this analysis may be understood as a contribution to counselling psychology in raising practitioners' awareness to the power games in their talk about working with male sexual dysfunction.
Supervisor: Gaitanidis, Anastasios ; O'Callaghan, Jean Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Psych.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Male sexual dysfunction ; counselling psychology ; Foucauldian discourse analysis