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The mental health of female sex workers


Rössler, W; Koch, U; Lauber, C; Hass, A K; Altwegg, M; Ajdacic-Gross, V; Landolt, K (2010). The mental health of female sex workers. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 122(2):143-152.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: There is limited information available about the mental health of female sex workers. Therefore, we aimed to make a comprehensive assessment of the mental status of female sex workers over different outdoors and indoors work settings and nationalities.

METHOD: As the prerequisites of a probability sampling were not given, a quota-sampling strategy was the best possible alternative. Sex workers were contacted at different locations in the city of Zurich. They were interviewed with a computerized version of the World Health Organization Composite International Diagnostic Interview. Additional information was assessed in a structured face-to-face interview.

RESULTS: The 193 interviewed female sex workers displayed high rates of mental disorders. These mental disorders were related to violence and the subjectively perceived burden of sex work.

CONCLUSION: Sex work is a major public health problem. It has many faces, but ill mental health of sex workers is primarily related to different forms of violence.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: There is limited information available about the mental health of female sex workers. Therefore, we aimed to make a comprehensive assessment of the mental status of female sex workers over different outdoors and indoors work settings and nationalities.

METHOD: As the prerequisites of a probability sampling were not given, a quota-sampling strategy was the best possible alternative. Sex workers were contacted at different locations in the city of Zurich. They were interviewed with a computerized version of the World Health Organization Composite International Diagnostic Interview. Additional information was assessed in a structured face-to-face interview.

RESULTS: The 193 interviewed female sex workers displayed high rates of mental disorders. These mental disorders were related to violence and the subjectively perceived burden of sex work.

CONCLUSION: Sex work is a major public health problem. It has many faces, but ill mental health of sex workers is primarily related to different forms of violence.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Psychiatric University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Clinical and Social Psychiatry Zurich West (former)
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2010
Deposited On:10 Feb 2011 18:10
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 14:42
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN:0001-690X
Additional Information:Comment in: Acta Psychiatr Scand. 2010 Aug;122(2):167; author reply 168.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1600-0447.2009.01533.x
PubMed ID:20105147

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