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Author Goicolea, Isabel ♦ Edin, Kerstin ♦ Hman, Ann ♦ Torres, Virgilio Mariano Salazar
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Content type Text
Publisher Taylor & Francis Group
File Format HTM / HTML
Date Created 2012-08-03
Copyright Year ©2012
Language English
Subject Domain (in LCC) RA1-1270
Subject Keyword Gender ♦ Public aspects of medicine ♦ Grounded theory ♦ Change ♦ Medicine ♦ Young men ♦ Masculinity ♦ Nicaragua
Abstract Background: Traditional forms of masculinity strongly influence men's and women's wellbeing. Objective: This study has two aims: (i) to explore notions of various forms of masculinities in young Nicaraguan men participating in programs addressing sexual health, reproductive health, and/or gender equality and (ii) to find out how these young men perceive their involvement in actions aimed at reducing violence against women (VAW). Design: A qualitative grounded theory study. Data were collected through six focus groups and two in-depth interviews with altogether 62 young men. Results: Our analysis showed that the informants experienced a process of change, labeled ‘Expanding your mind’, in which we identified four interrelated subcategories: The apprentice, The responsible/respectful man, The proactive peer educator, and ‘The feminist man’. The process showed how an increased awareness of gender inequities facilitated the emergence of values (respect and responsibility) and behavior (thoughtful action) that contributed to increase the informant's critical thinking and agency at individual, social, and political levels. The process was influenced by individual and external factors. Conclusions: Multiple progressive masculinities can emerge from programs challenging patriarchy in this Latin American setting. The masculinities identified in this study show a range of attitudes and behaviors; however, all lean toward more equitable gender relations. The results suggest that learning about sexual and reproductive health does not directly imply developing more gender-equitable attitudes and behaviors or a greater willingness to prevent VAW. It is paramount that interventions to challenge machismo in this setting continue and are expanded to reach more young men.
ISSN 16549880
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG ♦ Career/Technical Study
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2012-08-01
e-ISSN 16549880
Journal Global Health Action
Volume Number 5
Page Count 14
Starting Page 1
Ending Page 14


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