Darren D. Moore, PhD, LMFT (Georgia) April Few-Demo, PhD


Using symbolic interaction theory, this phenomenological study was designed to explore how male patients made sense of their self-concept and masculinity during the bariatric surgery process, including their experience prior to surgical intervention and post-surgery. Twenty men who had undergone bariatric surgery in the previous 5 years in the United States were interviewed. Three major themes emerged in the study: (1) men’s search to embody a stereotypical notion of masculinity; (2) men’s reflexive process about their own masculinity as their bodies changed; and (3) men’s efforts to sustain their renewed sense of manhood after bariatric surgery. Implications for research and clinical practice are provided.


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MOORE, Darren D.; FEW-DEMO, April. The Meaning of Bariatric Surgery Among Male Patients: Self-Concept and the Search for Masculinity. Journal of Mens Health, [S.l.], v. 13, n. 1, p. e25-e36, july 2017. ISSN 1875-6859. Available at: <http://jomh.org/index.php/JMH/article/view/41>. Date accessed: 19 nov. 2017.