Being a man: Perceptions of masculinity among physically abusive men
This qualitative study was designed to investigate the perceptions of masculinity in a cohort of physically abusive men in a battering intervention program. Thirty-five physically abusive men in a battering intervention program were interviewed individually and in three focus groups. Data were collected and analyzed using the logic of grounded theory to identify common themes of masculinity. Findings show that physically abusive men speak of building, and maintaining a facade of masculinity. One strategy used to protect the facade is violence. Behind the facade the informants spoke of jealousy, insecurity, and low self esteem. Implications include development of intervention and evaluation strategies for programs dealing with physically abusive offenders, and directions for further research.