IMR Press / JOMH / Volume 12 / Issue 2 / DOI: 10.31083/jomh.v12i2.25

Journal of Men’s Health (JOMH) is published by IMR Press from Volume 17 Issue 1 (2021). Previous articles were published by another publisher on a subscription basis, and they are hosted by IMR Press on as a courtesy and upon agreement with Dougmar Publishing Group.

Original Research

Men’s Experiences and Perspectives Regarding Social Support after Weight Loss Surgery

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1 Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Mercer University School of Medicine, Macon, Georgia
2 Owner of Intune Practice, Rialto, California

*Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.

J. Mens. Health 2016, 12(2), 25–34;
Published: 5 September 2016

The objective of the study was to explore the experiences and perspectives regarding social support among men who have undergone weight loss surgery. Utilizing phenomenology, the author engaged in qualitative interviews with men to explore the meaning and experiences of social support after surgical intervention for obesity with a focus on support received by entities outside of their family systems. Three major themes emerged in the study which included: (1) Barriers to utilization of social support (2) Feeling alone and isolated, and (3) Feeling connected online. The study includes a discussion of social support for male patients as well as a discussion of research, teaching, and clinical implications.

bariatric surgery
social support
male patients
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