Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Self-concept and recovery: The effects of stigma on survivors of sex trafficking
by Counts, Pamela Alquitran, Psy.D., Pepperdine University, 2014, 155; 3667389
Abstract (Summary)

Survivors of sex trafficking often face complex and complicated situations upon exiting. Stigmatization is a barrier that challenges efforts to heal and rebuild relationships. This study aimed to identify how survivors of trafficking understand the stigma from their families and communities, and how this experience of stigma affects their overall sense of self-concept and belief in their ability to cope and overcome their predicament. Results from interviews with six survivors of trafficking indicate that survivors carry multiple layers of stigma that are worsened by the addition of stigma associated with being trafficked for prostitution. Negative evaluations about the woman maintain attitudes that exclude and separate her from social and employment opportunities. However, many of the participants described having the ability to draw from their personal strength and resources to overcome stigma. Recommendations for providers and implications for future research are provided.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Bryant-Davis, Thema
Commitee: Castaneda-Sound, Carrie, Contreras, Michelle
School: Pepperdine University
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 76/04(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Social psychology, Clinical psychology, Experimental psychology, Personality psychology, Public policy
Keywords: Prostitution, Re-integration, Recovery, Self-concept, Stigma, Trafficking
Publication Number: 3667389
ISBN: 9781321415803
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