Self-Harm Among Adult Victims of Human Trafficking Who Accessed Secondary Mental Health Services in England.


Borschmann, R; Oram, S; Kinner, SA; Dutta, R; Zimmerman, C; Howard, LM; (2016) Self-Harm Among Adult Victims of Human Trafficking Who Accessed Secondary Mental Health Services in England. Psychiatric services (Washington, DC), 68 (2). pp. 207-210. ISSN 1075-2730 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.ps.201500509

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Abstract

: This study estimated the prevalence and correlates of self-harm among adult victims of human trafficking who accessed secondary mental health services, and it estimated the responses of mental health services to these individuals.<br/> : A clinical records database was searched for self-harm, sociodemographic, clinical, and service use characteristics among trafficked adults who accessed secondary mental health services in South London (2006-2012). Logistic regression models compared trafficked patients (N=84) and a matched cohort of nontrafficked patients (N=287).<br/> : Among trafficked patients, 33% had engaged in self-harm prior to care and 25% in self-harm during care. After engaging in self-harm, trafficked patients were more likely than nontrafficked patients to be admitted as a psychiatric inpatient (adjusted odds ratio [AOR]=2.81) but less likely to visit an emergency department (AOR=.47).<br/> : Self-harm is prevalent among trafficked adults accessing secondary mental health services, and mental health professionals have a crucial role to play in supporting survivors.<br/>

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Global Health and Development
Research Centre: Gender Violence and Health Centre
Social and Mathematical Epidemiology (SaME)
PubMed ID: 27745538
Web of Science ID: 397090500020
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/2997218

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