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Citation

Ulibarri MD, Semple SJ, Rao S, Strathdee SA, Fraga-Vallejo MA, Bucardo J, De la Torre A, Salázar-Reyna J, Orozovich P, Staines-Orozco HS, Amaro H, Magis-Rodríguez C, Patterson TL. Violence Vict. 2009; 24(3): 399-413.

Affiliation

University of California-San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92093-0680, USA.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2009, Springer Publishing)

DOI

unavailable

PMID

19634364

PMCID

PMC2777761

Abstract

This study examined histories of past emotional, physical, and sexual abuse as correlates of current psychological distress using data from 916 female sex workers (FSWs) who were enrolled in a safer-sex behavioral intervention in Tijuana and Ciudad (Cd.) Juarez, Mexico. We hypothesized that histories of abuse would be associated with higher symptom levels of depression and somatization and that social support would moderate the relationship. Nonparametric correlations and a series of hierarchical regression analyses revealed that all forms of past abuse predicted higher levels of depressive symptoms, and physical and sexual abuse were significantly associated with higher levels of somatic symptoms. Social support was also significantly associated with fewer symptoms of distress; however, it was not shown to moderate the relationship between abuse history and distress.


Language: en

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