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Touro Research: HIV Risk and Psychological Distress among Female Entertainment Workers in Cambodia

Dr. Carinne Brody’s article on “HIV risk and psychological distress among female entertainment workers in Cambodia: a cross-sectional study” got published in BMC Public Health.

Dr. Carinne Brody
[Photo: Dr. Carinne Brody]

In Cambodia, there has been an increase in entertainment work as a result of the breakdown of the traditional brothel-based sex industry, presenting new challenges to addressing the health issues and needs of people working in the entertainment industry. This study aims to identify factors associated with psychological distress among female entertainment workers (FEWs) in Cambodia.This study aimed to identify factors associated with psychological distress among female entertainment workers (FEWs) in Cambodia.

A two-stage cluster sampling method was used to randomly select 657 FEWs from entertainment establishments in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap in April and May 2014 for interviews using a structured questionnaire. Psychological distress was measured using the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-12), and multivariate logistic regression analysis was conducted.

The findings suggest FEWs in Cambodia experience high levels of psychological distress, which likely stems from both past negative experiences and current working conditions. For women that are experiencing psychological distress, intervention programs aimed at improving mental health should specifically address substance use, condom availability and negotiation skills, and suicide risk. For full article:  http://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12889-016-2814-6

The study has been published in BMC Public Health.