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J Homosex. 2011;58(8):998-1021. doi: 10.1080/00918369.2011.598394.

Male street prostitution in Dublin: a psychological analysis.

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Psychologists in Primary Schools, Dublin, Ireland. ian@pips.ie

Abstract

This study assessed the mental health characteristics of 12 male street prostitutes (MSPs) in Dublin, with particular regard to issues of homelessness, substance abuse, depression, suicidal ideation, and self-esteem. Participants completed five psychometric tests, which indicated that all of the participants had above average levels of depression and suicidal ideation and low levels of self-esteem. This study found that candidates likely to become MSPs are young males with a combination of factors, including a background of childhood sexual or physical abuse, leaving school early, running away from home, and a dependence on heroin.

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21902489
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10.1080/00918369.2011.598394
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