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A qualitative study on the good life : according to Homosexual Men

Siebelt, N. J. (2018) A qualitative study on the good life : according to Homosexual Men.

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Abstract:Most research on gay men has focussed on the problems they can encounter. These problems seem to find their origin in deviating from ascribed gender roles. The focus of this paper is on the good life. Studies related to that focus mostly on hedonistic elements, like alcohol, drugs and sex in the lives of homosexual men. Hedonism, the strategy to maximise pleasure and minimize pain, is not necessarily resulting in a good life. Eudemonia, identifying one’s values and living in accordance with them, is in this context hardly studied. This study will try to investigate the relation between the good life and both hedonism and eudemonia, values and homosexuality. This research was conducted with an interview designed for this study and a convenience sample of five men. For the analysis of the interviews, an inductive approach was taken. Eudemonia and hedonism were both important aspects of the good life. A perspective of the good life where hedonism was combined with eudemonia, seemed to fit best to the participants’ view on the good life. Besides that, romantic partners, balance, safety and social contact were considered to be important elements. Values remained mostly implicit but were regarded as important. Homosexuality was not seen as having a negative influence on the good life.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
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