'I'm committed to her and the family': Positive accounts of vasectomy among New Zealand men

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dc.contributor.author Terry, Gareth en
dc.contributor.author Braun, Virginia en
dc.date.accessioned 2012-04-03T01:31:00Z en
dc.date.issued 2011 en
dc.identifier.citation Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology 29(3):276-291 2011 en
dc.identifier.issn 0264-6838 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/16532 en
dc.description.abstract Background: More than 15 years ago, the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) identified men’s involvement with reproductive and contraceptive tasks as vital for improving women’s reproductive health worldwide. The uptake of vasectomy provides one measure of men’s involvement in reproductive and contraceptive actions, but uptake requires the negotiation of a complex set of social and psychological meanings related to masculinity, sexuality and contraceptive involvement. The limited research in this area paints a largely negative picture around vasectomy, emphasising fears, side effects, and men being pressured into having the operation, but it is not the only account of vasectomy. Objectives: The aim of this research was to examine the accounts of New Zealand men who had undergone vasectomy. Method: Interviews with 28 men who had opted to have a vasectomy (16 had children; 12 did not) based in New Zealand, a country with a high rate of vasectomy, offer a more positive portrayal of the meanings and experiences of vasectomy. Results: Men referred to vasectomy as a positive reflection of their identities, and their choice to have it as exemplifying personal characteristics they valued. Such accounts disrupt the common-sense story of vasectomy as negative or difficult for men, and allow it to be positioned as a positive choice for heterosexual male reproductive involvement and responsibility en
dc.publisher Taylor & Francis en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology en
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dc.title 'I'm committed to her and the family': Positive accounts of vasectomy among New Zealand men en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1080/02646838.2011.592976 en
pubs.issue 3 en
pubs.begin-page 276 en
pubs.volume 29 en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: Taylor & Francis en
pubs.end-page 291 en
dc.rights.accessrights http://purl.org/eprint/accessRights/RestrictedAccess en
pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 228283 en
pubs.org-id Science en
pubs.org-id Psychology en
dc.identifier.eissn 1469-672X en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2012-03-27 en

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