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Ansari S, Gharraee B, Afsar-Kazerouni P. Personality Disorders and Coping Strategies in Female Sex-workers. IJPCP. 2011; 17 (1) :71-75
URL: http://ijpcp.iums.ac.ir/article-1-1319-en.html

Masers in Clinical Psychology, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Department of Mental Health, , sara_ansarimotlagh@yahoo.com
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Objectives: The aim of the present study was to assess the rate of personality disorders and coping strategies in female sex-workers. Method: In this observational cross-sectional study 30 female sex-workers who were selected using convenience sampling, completed the Structured Clinical Interview DSM-IV axis II disorders (SCID-II) and Billings Coping Style Questionnaire. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics. Results: The findings showed a prevalence of 90% for personality disorders, with passive- aggressive personality disorder having the highest prevalence of 53.3%. Also, schizotypal personality disorder was not present in subjects. Among coping strategies, emotion-focused coping (56.7%) and somatization-focused coping (23.3%) were the most prevalent. Conclusion: Considering the high prevalence of personality disorder among female sex-workers and their high use of emotion-focused coping in confronting life events, training this group with coping and problem solving skills is recommended.

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Type of Study: Short Scientific | Subject: General
Received: 2011/11/13

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