The lived experience of UK street-based sex workers and the health consequences: An exploratory study

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/241893
Title:
The lived experience of UK street-based sex workers and the health consequences: An exploratory study
Authors:
Mellor, Rebecca; Lovell, Andy
Abstract:
The complex, difficult lives and subsequent health issues of street-based female sex workers are well documented. This paper explores the health needs of a group of sex workers in one geographical locality in the north-west of England. Interviews were conducted with a number of women currently engaged in sex work, with the aim of identifying factors maintaining them in this work and examining their experience of health and health-related services. A thematic analysis revealed considerable life circumstance complexity, with violence, drugs, alcohol and housing problems being prevalent factors. The combination of such factors compounds the likelihood of the women's social exclusion. Other themes related to the casual perception the women had of their own health needs, their generally poor experience of services and the demonstrable impact of one specific service in supporting a group so reluctant to engage. The study suggests poor understanding of the complex needs of street-based sex workers by both services and professionals, particularly a failure to engage with the reality of these women's lives and the factors that maintain them in this work.
Affiliation:
Wirral Primary Care Trust ; University of Chester
Citation:
Health Promotion International, 27(3), 2011, pp. 311-322
Journal:
Health Promotion International
Issue Date:
3-Jul-2011
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/241893
DOI:
10.1093/heapro/dar040
Additional Links:
http://heapro.oxfordjournals.org/
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
This article is not available through ChesterRep.
ISSN:
09574824; 1460-2245
Appears in Collections:
Health and Social Care

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dc.contributor.authorMellor, Rebeccaen_GB
dc.contributor.authorLovell, Andyen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2012-09-07T16:27:24Z-
dc.date.available2012-09-07T16:27:24Z-
dc.date.issued2011-07-03-
dc.identifier.citationHealth Promotion International, 27(3), 2011, pp. 311-322en_GB
dc.identifier.issn09574824-
dc.identifier.issn1460-2245-
dc.identifier.doi10.1093/heapro/dar040-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/241893-
dc.descriptionThis article is not available through ChesterRep.en_GB
dc.description.abstractThe complex, difficult lives and subsequent health issues of street-based female sex workers are well documented. This paper explores the health needs of a group of sex workers in one geographical locality in the north-west of England. Interviews were conducted with a number of women currently engaged in sex work, with the aim of identifying factors maintaining them in this work and examining their experience of health and health-related services. A thematic analysis revealed considerable life circumstance complexity, with violence, drugs, alcohol and housing problems being prevalent factors. The combination of such factors compounds the likelihood of the women's social exclusion. Other themes related to the casual perception the women had of their own health needs, their generally poor experience of services and the demonstrable impact of one specific service in supporting a group so reluctant to engage. The study suggests poor understanding of the complex needs of street-based sex workers by both services and professionals, particularly a failure to engage with the reality of these women's lives and the factors that maintain them in this work.en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.relation.urlhttp://heapro.oxfordjournals.org/en_GB
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Health Promotion Internationalen_GB
dc.subjectsex worken_GB
dc.subjectsocial exclusionen_GB
dc.subjectdrug and alcohol useen_GB
dc.subjectharm reduction serviceen_GB
dc.titleThe lived experience of UK street-based sex workers and the health consequences: An exploratory studyen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentWirral Primary Care Trust ; University of Chesteren_GB
dc.identifier.journalHealth Promotion Internationalen_GB
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