THE MEANING OF BARIATRIC SURGERY AMONG MALE PATIENTS: SELF-CONCEPT AND THE SEARCH FOR MASCULINITY
1Couple and Family Therapy Program, California School of Professional, Psychology, Alliant International University, San Francisco, California, UAS
22Department of Human Development, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
DOI: 10.22374/1875-68220.127.116.11 Vol.13,Issue 1,May 2017 pp.25-36
Published: 25 May 2017
Using symbolic interaction theory, this phenomenological study was designed to explore how male patients made sense of their self-concept and masculinity during the bariatric surgery process, including their expe-rience prior to surgical intervention and post-surgery. Twenty men who had undergone bariatric surgery in the previous 5 years in the United States were interviewed. Three major themes emerged in the study: (1) men’s search to embody a stereotypical notion of masculinity; (2) men’s reﬂ exive process about their own masculinity as their bodies changed; and (3) men’s eff orts to sustain their renewed sense of manhood after bariatric surgery. Implications for research and clinical practice are provided.
Bariatric Surgery, Masculinity, Meaning, Self-concept
Darren D. Moore,April L. Few-Demo. THE MEANING OF BARIATRIC SURGERY AMONG MALE PATIENTS: SELF-CONCEPT AND THE SEARCH FOR MASCULINITY. Journal of Men's Health. 2017. 13(1);25-36.
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