Fighting to survive in a ‘woman’s world’: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of men’s experiences of having breast cancer

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10142/618241
Title:
Fighting to survive in a ‘woman’s world’: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of men’s experiences of having breast cancer
Authors:
Ackroyd, Rebecca
Abstract:
This thesis focuses on men’s experiences of having breast cancer using a qualitative methodology to provide insight into the first-hand accounts of the participants. It aims to enhance the limited existing research in this area through the use of Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA), exploring the psychological impact of having an illness commonly associated with women. The phenomenological and interpretative nature of IPA allows an in-depth investigation of men’s perspectives of breast cancer and explores the psychological, emotional and social impact on the participants. Interviews were carried out with six men who had been diagnosed with breast cancer in the last five years. Verbatim transcripts of the interviews were analysed using IPA. Three super-ordinate themes emerged from the analysis, with a further nine sub-themes identified. The discussion focuses on Gender & masculinity in line with the first two superordinate themes, ‘Derailment from my illegitimate illness’ and ‘Being in the shadow of pink’. The third super-ordinate theme, ‘Finding value in suffering’ is discussed in line with research on Meaning-Making and ‘Posttraumatic-growth’. Insight gathered by this study is thought to help understand male breast cancer patients’ unique and specific needs, so better tailored forms of psychological support can be provided. Existential and meaning-centered practices are suggested as feasible alternative approaches to traditional psychological treatments.
Advisors:
Vos, Joel; Rizq, Rosemary
Publisher:
Roehampton University
Issue Date:
2015
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10142/618241
Type:
Thesis or dissertation
Description:
PsychD in Counselling Psychology
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dc.contributor.advisorVos, Joelen
dc.contributor.advisorRizq, Rosemaryen
dc.contributor.authorAckroyd, Rebeccaen
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dc.date.issued2015-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10142/618241-
dc.descriptionPsychD in Counselling Psychologyen
dc.description.abstractThis thesis focuses on men’s experiences of having breast cancer using a qualitative methodology to provide insight into the first-hand accounts of the participants. It aims to enhance the limited existing research in this area through the use of Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA), exploring the psychological impact of having an illness commonly associated with women. The phenomenological and interpretative nature of IPA allows an in-depth investigation of men’s perspectives of breast cancer and explores the psychological, emotional and social impact on the participants. Interviews were carried out with six men who had been diagnosed with breast cancer in the last five years. Verbatim transcripts of the interviews were analysed using IPA. Three super-ordinate themes emerged from the analysis, with a further nine sub-themes identified. The discussion focuses on Gender & masculinity in line with the first two superordinate themes, ‘Derailment from my illegitimate illness’ and ‘Being in the shadow of pink’. The third super-ordinate theme, ‘Finding value in suffering’ is discussed in line with research on Meaning-Making and ‘Posttraumatic-growth’. Insight gathered by this study is thought to help understand male breast cancer patients’ unique and specific needs, so better tailored forms of psychological support can be provided. Existential and meaning-centered practices are suggested as feasible alternative approaches to traditional psychological treatments.en
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dc.publisherRoehampton Universityen
dc.subjectbreast canceren
dc.subjectillnessen
dc.subjectPhenomenologyen
dc.subjectMenen
dc.subjectExperienceen
dc.subjectIPAen
dc.titleFighting to survive in a ‘woman’s world’: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of men’s experiences of having breast canceren
dc.typeThesis or dissertationen
dc.publisher.departmentDepartment of Psychologyen
dc.type.qualificationnamePsychDen
dc.type.qualificationlevelDoctoralen
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