Understanding Modern Masculinity in Relation to Traditional Gender Role Change: a Thematic Analysis of Men's Lived Experiences and Perceptions
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This dissertation examines men’s lived perceptions and experiences of their masculinity in relation to traditional gender role shifts. Three male participants were interviewed in a semi-structured approach to provide an overview of their personal accounts. A thematic analysis within an interpretive hermeneutic framework was critically applied to the interview data, which generated three themes: Relationships, Identity, and Mental Health. Each of these themes was supported by two or more sub-themes. The analysis of the interrelationships between the themes reveals the internal sense of exclusion. The themes are discussed in the context of wider psychotherapeutic approaches and the clinical implications of these findings are considered. Numerous suggestions are offered for future research as well as a critique of the method of study.