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dc.contributor.advisorEustace, Susanen
dc.contributor.authorGillen, Brianen
dc.date.accessioned2012-12-18T17:28:24Z
dc.date.available2012-12-18T17:28:24Z
dc.date.issued2012
dc.identifier.citationGillen, B. (2012). Therapy : not a mans world. A qualitative study of the influence of male gender role conflict on male therapists and their work with clients. Masters Thesis, Dublin Business School.en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10788/482
dc.description.abstractThe study of Male Gender Role Conflict (MGRC) has emerged relatively recently as a distinct research area in Psychotherapy and Psychology. Gender Role Conflict (GRC) is defined as a psychological state in which socialized gender roles have negative consequences for the individual or others. GRC occurs when rigid, sexist, or restrictive gender roles result in restriction, devaluation, or violation of others or self. Very little has been researched to date on the impact of MGRC among male therapists specifically, and this forms the basis of the study. The study sets out to research qualitatively, the influence of MGRC on male therapists, and its impact on their work with clients in therapy. Established concepts and patterns of MGRC were used to frame the research questions. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with five individual male therapists in the Greater Dublin Area. The interviews were analysed using qualitative thematic analysis. The study showed that MGRC was an influential factor on male therapists’ and their work, particularly with regards to their experience of failure in therapy, the experience of strong emotions with clients in therapy, and their interaction with male clients. Failure could spillover from the professional into the personal; strong and intense client-emotions in certain circumstances could negatively impact therapists and cause or exacerbate emotional restrictiveness; masculine ideology and identity could be threatened by a fear of the feminine and this was reflected in client preference and experience; overall, the potential incongruence between masculine norms and psychotherapy practice were highlighted. Author keywords: Gender, male, masculinity, conflict, rolesen
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dc.publisherDublin Business Schoolen
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dc.subjectPsychotherapyen
dc.subjectCounselingen
dc.subjectGender identityen
dc.titleTherapy : not a mans world. A qualitative study of the influence of male gender role conflict on male therapists and their work with clientsen
dc.typeThesisen
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dc.type.degreenameMA in Psychotherapyen
dc.type.degreelevelMAen


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