Talking About Sexuality: Desire, Virility, and Intimacy in the Context of Prostate Cancer Associations
2008 (English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
The number of middle-aged men with a diagnosis of prostate cancer has increased in recent decades. The aim of this study was therefore to explore how some of these middle-aged 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, which was also connected with silence and sorrow. Their contact with health care services was precarious and as patients they often played a passive role when or if discussing issues of sexuality. 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.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sexuality, prostate cancer, masculinity, qualitative content analysis
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-72338OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-72338DiVA: diva2:459213