Men's perspectives of caring for a female partner with cancer: A longitudinal narrative study

Jenny Young*, Austyn Snowden, Richard G. Kyle, Rosie Stenhouse

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract / Description of output

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e5346-e5355
Number of pages10
JournalHealth and Social Care in the Community
Issue number6
Early online date10 Aug 2022
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2022

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • cancer
  • carer
  • family carer
  • gender
  • masculinity
  • men
  • narrative


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