Reformulating masculinity: Traumatic brain injury and the gendered nature of care and domestic roles

Jennifer Jones, Michael Curtin

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Purpose. This article examines the nexus between masculine identity and participation of men living with traumatic braininjury (TBI) in rural New South Wales, Australia. The article considers the impact of adoption of caring and householdduties upon identity and participation satisfaction.Method. The focus of this paper is on a finding that emerged from the qualitative phase of a larger project examiningparticipation following TBI in rural and regional areas. During semi-structured interviews, participants were invited todiscuss aspects of their participation including their daily occupations, supports, experience of country life and rehabilitationservices. A grounded theory methodology shaped the analysis of the interviews.Results. Results, relating to the reformation of masculinity, centred upon eight men drawn from the cohort who moved fromthe role of breadwinner pre-injury to primarily domestic and caring roles post-injury. Their narratives illustrated three responsesto altered life circumstances that necessitated the revision of gendered roles: non-acceptance of reformulated masculinity,accepting reformulated masculinity for the sake of others and accepting and personally valuing a reformulated masculinity.Conclusions. Participation satisfaction for men who take up responsibility for domestic and/or caring duties following TBI iscontingent upon successful reformulation of their gendered identity. The research highlights the need for rehabilitationpractitioners to adequately support psychosocial adjustment for men following TBI.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1568-1578
Number of pages11
JournalDisability and Rehabilitation
Issue number17-18
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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