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Men's Perspectives of Caring for a Female Partner with Cancer: A Longitudinal Narrative Study

Young, Jenny; Snowden, Austyn; Kyle, Richard; Stenhouse, Rosie


Jenny Young

Richard Kyle

Rosie Stenhouse


Increasing evidence on men's involvement in informal, unpaid care has not transferred to the research literature around men's experiences. The aim was to explore the perspectives of men who are caring for a female partner with cancer over 1 year. Longitudinal narrative interviews (n = 22) were conducted with eight men in the UK from 2018 to 2019. Participants were aged from 32 to 76 years old, were all white British and in heterosexual relationships with women diagnosed with a range of cancer types. Interviews were transcribed and then analysed using a structural and performance approach to narrative analysis. We present, across four scenes, a process of change, transition and emotion management as the men were launched into a role that came with new responsibilities and expectations. Our study advances knowledge by highlighting the way that men perform and reflect on their negotiation with masculine discourses while supporting their partner, with implications for policy, research and practice.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 16, 2022
Online Publication Date Aug 10, 2022
Publication Date 2022-11
Deposit Date Aug 10, 2022
Publicly Available Date Aug 10, 2022
Journal Health & Social Care in the Community
Print ISSN 0966-0410
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 30
Issue 6
Pages e5346-e5355
Keywords cancer, carer, family carer, gender, masculinity, men, narrative
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