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Prostitute-serving Organizations (PSOs) and their Perspectives on Mental Health Concerns Facing Consenting, Adult Prostitutes and other Sex Workers: An International, Qualitative Study Involving New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States / Truschka, Jennifer
Bib ID 7386959
Format MicroformMicroform, BookBook [text, microfiche]
Author
Truschka, Jennifer, author
 
Description Ann Arbor : ProQuest Dissertations & Theses, 2016 
160 p. 
ISBN 9781369357967
Summary

The purpose of this study is to gain insight into how prostitute-serving organizations (PSOs) understand the mental health issues facing consenting, adult prostitutes and sex workers. Qualitative content analysis is applied to ten PSO websites from four different countries: New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The qualitative content analysis is supplemented with interviews from three representatives from three different PSOs. It was found that PSOs identify stigma and poverty as significant factors contributing to the mental distress experienced by sex workers. PSOs adopt the harm reduction approach and the peer based model when working with sex workers. PSOs use some traditional methods for improving the mental health of their client base, such as therapy. They also use offer other, less traditional, services to bolster mental well-being, such as relationship and parenting services, poverty relief services, and creativity workshops.

The two marginalized groups most often singled out for specialized services were Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender sex workers, especially transgender sex workers, and migrant workers.

Notes

Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 78-05(E), Section: B.

Advisors: Madia Levin Committee members: William Hamilton; Richard Wagoner.

English

Subjects Psychology.  |  Gender studies.  |  Organizational behavior.
Other authors/contributors The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. International Psychology: Organizations and Systems Concentration. degree granting institution

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