Surviving men's depression: women partners' perspectives

Bottorff, Joan L., Oliffe, John L., Kelly, Mary T., Johnson, Joy L. and Carey, Joanne (2014) Surviving men's depression: women partners' perspectives. Health, 18 1: 60-78. doi:10.1177/1363459313476965

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Author Bottorff, Joan L.
Oliffe, John L.
Kelly, Mary T.
Johnson, Joy L.
Carey, Joanne
Title Surviving men's depression: women partners' perspectives
Journal name Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1363-4593
Publication date 2014-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1363459313476965
Open Access Status
Volume 18
Issue 1
Start page 60
End page 78
Total pages 19
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract While men's gendered experiences of depression have been described, the perspectives of women partners who are affected by men's depression have received little attention. Women partners were recruited to explore how men's depression impacts them and its influence on gender regimes. Individual interviews with 29 women spouses were coded and analysed. Although idealized femininity positions women as endlessly patient and caring, our findings reveal significant challenges in attempting to fulfil these gender ideals in the context of living with a male partner who is experiencing depression. The strain and drain of living with a depressed man was a key element of women's experiences. Four sub-themes were identified: (1) resisting the emotional caregiver role, (2) shouldering family responsibilities, (3) connecting men to professional care and (4) preserving the feminine self. The findings suggest that men's depression has great potential to dislocate heterosexual gender regimes, and attention to gender relations should be included to ensure successful care management of men who experience depression.
Keyword Femininities
Gender regimes
Gender relations
Men's depression
Women's health
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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