Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Gay Men’s Experience of Friendship in Masculinized Industries
by Joachim, Kathleen Ann, Psy.D., Capella University, 2020, 168; 27739242
Abstract (Summary)

Critical scholarship exploring the intersectionality of individual workplace relationships, institutional support of inclusiveness, and identity development for gay men in masculinized industries is limited. The current study utilized constructivist grounded theory and the lens of social justice to explore the process of how gay men experience friendship in workplace environments historically built on heteronormative, hypermasculine values. Constructivist grounded theory placed emphasis on the views of individuals and the social justice perspective placed central importance on the phenomena specifically related to this stigmatized and marginalized group. Using semi-structured interviews, the individual perspectives of eight self-identifying gay men were used to synthesize a rich description of the process of how this population experienced friendship in occupations sharing a common workplace culture. Theoretical understanding of the studied phenomenon through the participants’ own words assisted in identifying the challenges and obstacles gay men face in developing close personal relationships. The grounded theory that emerged exposed a potential relationship between the seminal experiences found in identity development and the conscious or subconscious reluctance to form close personal bonds in their masculinized workplaces.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Santonastasi, Antonio
Commitee: Crawford, Theresa, Jarvis, Sara
School: Capella University
Department: Harold Abel School of Psychology
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-A 81/8(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Organizational behavior, LGBTQ studies, Social psychology
Keywords: Career choice, Firefighters, Gay men, Inclusion, Sexual orientation, Workplace friendship
Publication Number: 27739242
ISBN: 9781658405669
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