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dc.contributor.advisorOcchipinti, Stefano
dc.contributor.authorWalters, Benjamin James
dc.date.accessioned2018-01-23T02:55:37Z
dc.date.available2018-01-23T02:55:37Z
dc.date.issued2016
dc.identifier.doi10.25904/1912/579
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/367716
dc.description.abstractDespite a history of high quality research in the area, division exists within literature examining gender and communication regarding the degree to which men experience platonic intimacy in their homosocial friendships. Dominant theoretical approaches range from those suggesting that communication behaviours typical of men’s friendships are unemotive and, therefore, lacking in intimacy (e.g., Gupta et al., 2013; Levy, 2005; Reisman, 1990); to those suggesting that men’s friendships feature overt emotional intimacy, such as vulnerable disclosure (e.g., Batalha, Reynolds, & Newbigin, 2011; Hyde, 2005; Walker, 1994). The present research aimed to examine the various modes of expressing intimacy men employed within a friendship context (Study 1), the degree to which this expression met men’s needs for intimacy (Studies 1 and 3), and the impact of contextual factors and individual subscription to masculine role norms on men’s use of various modes of expression (Study 2). A mixed methods design was employed to assess intimacy in accordance with men’s subjective definitions. Importantly, studies were designed with the limiting implicit assumptions of some previous research in mind (such as the assumption that covert expression is inherently less intimate than vulnerable expression; and that masculinity is inherently incongruent with vulnerable expression). In doing this, the present research attempted to gain new perspective on hitherto unresolved issues in this area of research.
dc.languageEnglish
dc.publisherGriffith University
dc.publisher.placeBrisbane
dc.rights.copyrightThe author owns the copyright in this thesis, unless stated otherwise.
dc.subject.keywordsHomosexual platonic friendships
dc.subject.keywordsHomosexual intimacy
dc.subject.keywordsHomosexual friendship
dc.titleMore than Words: An Examination of Intimate Expression in Men’s Homosocial Friendships
dc.typeGriffith thesis
gro.facultyGriffith Health
gro.rights.copyrightThe author owns the copyright in this thesis, unless stated otherwise.
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dc.contributor.otheradvisorDonovan, Caroline
dc.rights.accessRightsPublic
gro.identifier.gurtIDgu1490656427682
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gro.thesis.degreelevelThesis (PhD Doctorate)
gro.thesis.degreeprogramDoctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology (PhD ClinPsych)
gro.departmentSchool of Applied Psychology
gro.griffith.authorWalters, Benjamin J.


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