Suitability of measurements used to assess mental health outcomes in men and women trafficked for sexual and labour exploitation: a systematic review
journal contributionposted on 2023-08-30, 14:21 authored by Shannon Doherty, Sian Oram, Chesmal Siriwardhana, Melanie Abas
Trafficking is a global human rights violation with multiple and complex mental health consequences. Valid and reliable mental health assessment tools are needed to inform healthcare provision. We aimed to review mental health assessment tools used in research conducted to date with men and women trafficked for sexual and labour exploitation. Studies were identified using searches of 9 electronic databases and hand searching reference lists. Seven studies were included in this review. Six screened for PTSD, depression and anxiety, one screened for harmful or abuse of alcohol and used a diagnostic tool to assess PTSD, depression and anxiety. Two studies included men in their sample population. Although reported prevalence of mental health problems was high, limited information was provided regarding validity, reliability, and cultural appropriateness of assessment tools. Further research is needed to determine which assessment tools are culturally appropriate, valid, and reliable for this population.
Publication titleThe Lancet Psychiatry
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