Silent killers of the night: An exploration of psychological health and suicidality among female street sex workers

Ling, D, Wong, W, Holroyd, E and Gray, S 2007, 'Silent killers of the night: An exploration of psychological health and suicidality among female street sex workers', Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, vol. 33, no. 4, pp. 281-299.


Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Silent killers of the night: An exploration of psychological health and suicidality among female street sex workers
Author(s) Ling, D
Wong, W
Holroyd, E
Gray, S
Year 2007
Journal name Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy
Volume number 33
Issue number 4
Start page 281
End page 299
Total pages 19
Publisher Brunner-Routledge
Abstract This article examines factors that relate to psychological health (as measured by the World Health Organization Quality of Life Instrument) as well as suicide attempts among female street sex workers (FSSWs) in Hong Kong. On average, our sampled FSSWs scored significantly lower on the psychological health domain in comparison to the general Hong Kong female population. Factors associated with the working environment in the sex industry were significantly associated with poor psychological health and suicidality. Greater attention is needed to examine the physical and emotional harm intrinsic to certain occupations and the role of financial needs in the experience of psychological stress.
Keyword(s) Quality-Of-Life
Mental-Illness
Social Support
Hong-Kong
Prostitution
Risk
Victimization
Satisfaction
Resources
Behaviors
DOI - identifier 10.1080/00926230701385498
ISSN 0092-623X
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