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The Role of Gender in the Experience of Intimacy: Narratives of Young Married Couples

Irma Maria Moreira, Nandita (2012) The Role of Gender in the Experience of Intimacy: Narratives of Young Married Couples. Other thesis, Christ University.

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Abstract

Intimacy is a phenomenon in human relationships that usually develops in the context most love relationships. Gender refers to the social categories of men and women. The two are interwoven with each other and influence each other. Gender roles dictate how men and women should experience and express intimacy. This research study focuses on the gender differences in the experience of intimacy. Data was collected using a semi-structured interview and the narratives of were analysed to identify themes that indicated commonalities in the experience of intimacy for men and women. However, differences in the experience of intimacy for men and women were also identified. Another focus of the study on the experience of intimacy is the gender differences after the birth of children. Gender differences were identified in the experience of intimacy after the birth of children. The findings also indicated that with the progression of time, marital relationships change from an emphasis on physical experience and expression of intimacy during the initial stages to an emotional emphasis with increase in familiarity between them and the birth of children. Keywords: Intimacy, Parenthood, Gender

Item Type:Thesis (Other)
Subjects:Thesis > MPhil > Psychology
Divisions:M Phil > Psychology
ID Code:4959
Deposited By:Knowledge Center Christ University
Deposited On:19 Oct 2013 16:50
Last Modified:19 Oct 2013 16:50

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