Marginalisation of men in family planning texts: An analysis of training manuals

Date

2018-01-22

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SAGE

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Yes

Abstract

Objective: Men’s engagement in family planning has become part of the global health agenda; however, little is known about the training manuals health practitioners’ use and how these manuals describe and explain men’s roles within a family planning context.

Design:To further understand engagement, this paper examines how training manuals written for health practitioners describe and define men’s participation within family planning.

Setting:The training manuals were written for UK health practitioners and covered men’s contributions to family planning.

Method:Discourse analysis was used to examine the three training manuals focused upon. Results:Three main discourses were identified: ‘contraception is a woman’s responsibility’, ‘men disengage with health practitioners’ and ‘men are biologically predisposed to avoid sexual responsibility’.

Conclusion:Together, these three discourses function to marginalise men in family planning, constructing them as detached accessories that lack the ability to engage.

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Keywords

Discourse Analysis, Family Planning, Gender and Health, Health Practitioners, Men, Representations

Citation

Wilson, A.D., Fylan, F. and Gough, B. (2018) Marginalisation of men in family planning texts: An analysis of training manuals. Health Education Journal, 77(4), pp.387-397.

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Research Institute

Institute for Psychological Science
Mary Seacole Research Centre