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The impact of masculinity upon men with a diagnosis of psychosis

Searle, Robert 2017. The impact of masculinity upon men with a diagnosis of psychosis. ClinPsy Thesis, Cardiff University.
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Systematic Review The systematic review aimed to identify how adult males who have received a diagnosis of psychosis perceive their masculinity via use of quantitative outcome measurements. Four electronic databases (Cochrane Library, PsycINFO, Medline and Web of Science) were searched. Nine studies met the inclusion criteria. The findings highlighted that men with a diagnosis of psychosis tended to choose less masculine roles, or scored lower on traditional masculine descriptive measures as compared to controls. However, there were significant limitations associated with the studies which were reviewed. Therefore, it currently difficult to infer any discernible conclusions in respect of how men with a diagnoses of psychosis perceive their masculinity. Empirical Paper The current research aimed to explore how men with a diagnosis of psychosis and reside in forensic services perceive their masculinity. Q-methodology to help reveal the salient factors associated with the research question, comprising of 6 clinical psychologists and 6 service users being interviewed to help develop the Q-set, and ten service users completing the final 49 statement Q-sort task. The results highlighted an assortment of different conceptions in respect of masculinity from a predominantly pro-social explanatory framework. These included beliefs that a man should bean “assured and asserting maverick”, a “calm, confident, composed conformist” or a “nurturing provider in the face of adversity”. Clinical and service implications as well as recommendations for future research are subsequently discussed. Critical Appraisal A reflective account and critical appraisal of the research process are presented.

Item Type: Thesis (DClinPsy)
Date Type: Completion
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 11 September 2017
Last Modified: 23 Apr 2021 09:37

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