Femininity, Mental Weakness, and Difference: Male Students Account for Anorexia Nervosa in Men.



McVittie, Chris and Cavers, Debbie and Hepworth, J (2005) Femininity, Mental Weakness, and Difference: Male Students Account for Anorexia Nervosa in Men. Sex Roles, 53 (5-6). pp. 413-418. ISSN 0360-0025

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine how men account for the diagnosis in men of anorexia nervosa (AN), a condition commonly associated with women. Male students participated in focus group discussions of topics related to AN. Discussions were tape-recorded with participants' consent, transcribed, and then analyzed using discourse analysis. The participants spontaneously constructed AN as a female-specific condition. When asked to account for AN in men, they distanced AN from hegemonic masculinities in ways that sustained both dominant masculine identities and gender-specific constructions of AN. These findings show how issues of health and gender are interlinked in everyday understandings of AN. Future researchers might usefully consider how the construction of gender-specific illness implicates wider notions of both feminine and masculine gender identities.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management > Psychology and Sociology
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2010 16:02
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2014 12:57
URI: http://eresearch.qmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/1280

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