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  • Darren D. Moore1
  • April L. Few-Demo2

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: 10.22374/1875-6859.13.1.3 Vol.13,Issue 1,May 2017 pp.25-36

Published: 25 May 2017

*Corresponding Author(s): Darren D. Moore E-mail:

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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

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