The grieving process in the wake of losing a close loved one can be especially difficult for men who rely on certain—and arguably ineffective—coping strategies associated with dominant ideals of masculinity. In this paper, I will explore the concept of hegemonic masculinity, its potentially problematic encounter with grief; commonly-deployed, yet often ineffective hegemonic male responses to grief, which can lead to complicated grief. Finally, I will make the case for Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy as a promising modality for treating complicated grief in men who subscribe and/or adhere to dominant ideals of masculinity. MBCT offers these men the opportunity to address their grief through experiential awareness in a supportive group-setting; led by a credentialed, professional facilitator.
|School:||Graduate Theological Union|
|Department:||Historical and Cultural Studies|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 81/12(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Religion, Sociology, Gender studies|
|Keywords:||Bereavement, Grief, Masculinity, Men, Mindfulness, Therapy|
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