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The impact of masculine ideologies on heterosexual men’s experiences of intimate partner violence: A qualitative exploration

Hogan, Kevin F.; Clarke, Victoria; Ward, Tony

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Kevin F. Hogan

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Dr Victoria Clarke Victoria.Clarke@uwe.ac.uk
Associate Professor in Qualitative & Critical Psychology

Tony Ward Tony.Ward@uwe.ac.uk
Associate Professor in Counselling & Psychotherapy



Abstract

The subject of female-perpetuated intimate partner violence (IPV) against men remains poorly understood and in need of further research. Exploration of societal expectations surrounding masculinity and male victimization may enhance understanding of how men experience IPV victimization. Consequently, this experiential research study explored the impact of masculine ideologies on the way in which 26 men made sense of their experiences of female-perpetrated intimate partner violence (IPV). Semi-structured interviews explored the men’s sense of themselves, their relationship, and their use of support networks. The data were analyzed using reflexive thematic analysis. The importance of maintaining an appropriate sense of masculinity underpinned the men’s narratives. Participants described feeling shame and embarrassment for not having met dominant cultural expectations surrounding the roles of men in heterosexual relationships. Many of the participants struggled to accept the role of “victim,” which was perceived as de-masculinizing. These findings offer implications for understanding men’s experiences of IPV and developing enhanced sources of support.

Citation

Hogan, K. F., Clarke, V., & Ward, T. (in press). The impact of masculine ideologies on heterosexual men’s experiences of intimate partner violence: A qualitative exploration. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma, https://doi.org/10.1080/10926771.2022.2061881

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 1, 2022
Online Publication Date Apr 14, 2022
Deposit Date May 13, 2022
Publicly Available Date May 13, 2022
Journal Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma
Print ISSN 1092-6771
Electronic ISSN 1545-083X
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/10926771.2022.2061881
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/9509621

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