Centerfold syndrome: exploring the constructs of heterosexual male sexual self-schemas

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Publication Type thesis
School or College College of Education
Department Educational Psychology
Author Elder, William B
Title Centerfold syndrome: exploring the constructs of heterosexual male sexual self-schemas
Date 2010-05
Description This research made use of the schema framework of traditional male sexuality outlined by Brooks, including five central aspects of male heterosexuality referred to as "The Centerfold Syndrome," namely, voyeurism, objectification, the need for validation, trophyism, and the fear of true intimacy. Using these concepts, this study addressed the question: how do heterosexual men understand their own sexual self-schemas? Perspectives of 21 heterosexual men were drawn together to produce a grounded theory hierarchy of the heterosexual male sexual self-schema. In addition, 6 of the interviewees participated in a focus-group discussion to confirm the relevance of the evolving model with their experiences. These men discussed elements of their intrapersonal relationship, their relationships with men, and their relationships with women. A detailed model emerged that depicted the behaviors and attitudes participants experienced as part of the heterosexual male script. Additionally, men discussed the situations that caused them to consider change and reconstruction of these schemas. The resulting model is designed to encourage clinicians to consider gendered context in pursuing treatment that produces the most benefit and the least harm to male clients who present in conflict.
Type Text
Publisher University of Utah
Subject Heterosexual men
Dissertation Institution University of Utah
Dissertation Name MS
Language eng
Relation is Version of Digital reproduction of "Centerfold syndrome: exploring the constructs of heterosexual male sexual self-schemas" J. Willard Marriott Library Special Collections, HQ5.5 2010 .E53
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Source Original: University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library Special Collections
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Date Created 2012-04-23
Date Modified 2017-07-07
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