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Talking about sexuality: desire, virility, and intimacy in the context of prostate cancer associations.

https://arctichealth.org/en/permalink/ahliterature120933
Source
Am J Mens Health. 2013 Jan;7(1):42-53
Publication Type
Article
Date
Jan-2013
Author
Kicki Klaeson
Kerstin Sandell
Carina M Berterö
Author Affiliation
School of Life Sciences, University of Skövde, Sweden. kicki.klaeson@telia.com
Source
Am J Mens Health. 2013 Jan;7(1):42-53
Date
Jan-2013
Language
English
Publication Type
Article
Keywords
Aged
Body Image - psychology
Focus Groups
Humans
Male
Masculinity
Men - psychology
Middle Aged
Prostatic Neoplasms - psychology
Self Concept
Sexuality - psychology
Sweden
Abstract
Prostate cancer and its outcomes are a real threat for health and well-being for men living in the Western world. The number of men with a diagnosis of prostate cancer, before the age of 65 years, has increased in recent decades. The aim of this study was to explore how some of these Swedish men experienced and talked about their sexuality. Four focus group discussions were performed in the context of associations for prostate cancer. Using qualitative content analysis, it was identified how the diagnosis was a threat to their male identity; the men's vulnerability as a group in society was made explicit. Their sexuality was diminished by their illness experiences. These experiences were difficult to share and talk about with others and therefore connected with silence and sorrow. As a result of this, the informants often played a passive role when or if they discussed issues related to sexuality with someone in the health care organizations. The possibility of voluntarily joining a cancer association was probably highly beneficial for these men. During the sessions, several men expressed the opinion that "it is always great to talk."
PubMed ID
22954556 View in PubMed
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