After the Death of a Friend: Young Men’s Grief and Masculine Identities

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Available online 19 February 2013 Publication year: 2013Source:Social Science & Medicine Young men can have an uncomfortable relationship with grief. Socially constructed masculine ideals dictate that men be stoic in the aftermath of loss, most often expressing their sadness and despair as anger. Perhaps because of alignment to such masculine ideals little research has been done to explore young men’s grief – and chronicle the ways they think about loss, their responses and how they go about describing their identities after a tragic event. Using qualitative individual interviews and photo elicitation methods, we investigated the ways in which 25 men aged 19-25 grieved the accidental death of a male friend.The study was conducted from April 2010- December 2011.

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After the Death of a Friend: Young Men’s Grief and Masculine Identities