Intimate Partner Violence Within Gay Male Couples

Dimensionalizing Partner Violence Among Cuban Gay Men

Pedro O Téllez Santaya, Andrew S Walters

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Abstract

Using a quantitative-qualitative mixed design, the current study investigated relationship violence within 35 gay male couples living in Santiago, Cuba. Informants narrated how violence was enacted within their relationship. Qualitative analyses revealed men's construction of masculinity and the sequelae of economic hardships-which led to economic emasculinization-were primary contributors to relationship abuse. Gendered interpretations to the display of heightened masculinity contributed to intimate partner violence. Enacted interpersonal violence was not meaningfully associated with alcohol consumption or to personality measures. We suggest the economic constraints that are perceived by couples to precipitate relational stress may be similar across heterosexual and gay/lesbian couples, and that the relational power accorded to economic privilege cannot be aligned fully by gender.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)153-178
Number of pages26
JournalSexuality and Culture
Volume15
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2011

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Keywords

  • Domestic violence
  • Gay men
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Same-sex couples

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  • Gender Studies
  • Cultural Studies

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Intimate Partner Violence Within Gay Male Couples : Dimensionalizing Partner Violence Among Cuban Gay Men. / Santaya, Pedro O Téllez; Walters, Andrew S.

In: Sexuality and Culture, Vol. 15, No. 2, 06.2011, p. 153-178.

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