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Citation

Rossler W, Koch U, Lauber C, Hass AK, Altwegg M, Ajdacic-Gross V, Landolt K. Acta Psychiatr. Scand. 2010; 122(2): 143-152.

Affiliation

Department of General and Social Psychiatry, Psychiatric University Hospital Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2010, John Wiley and Sons)

DOI

10.1111/j.1600-0447.2009.01533.x

PMID

20105147

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.


Language: en

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