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Psychological and counselling interventions for female genital mutilation

Smith, Helen ORCID: and Stein, Karin (2017) 'Psychological and counselling interventions for female genital mutilation'. International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics, Vol 136, Issue S1, pp. 60-64.

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Women and girls living with female genital mutilation (FGM) are more likely to experience psychological problems than women without FGM. As well as psychological support, this population may need additional care when seeking surgical interventions to correct complications of FGM. Recent WHO guidelines recommend cognitive behavioral therapy for women and girls experiencing anxiety disorders, depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder. The guidelines also suggest that preoperative counselling for deinfibulation, and psychological support alongside surgical interventions, can help women manage the physiological and psychological changes following surgery. This synthesis summarizes evidence on women's values and preferences, and the context and conditions that may be required to provide psychological and counselling interventions. Understanding women's views, their own ways of coping, as well social and cultural factors that influence women's mental well-being, may help identify the types of interventions this population needs at different times and stages of their lives.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WA Public Health > Health Problems of Special Population Groups > WA 309 Women's health
WM Psychiatry > WM 100 General works
WO Surgery > WO 20 Research (General)
WP Gynecology > WP 100 General works
WP Gynecology > WP 20 Research (General)
WS Pediatrics > By Age Groups > WS 460 Adolescence (General)
Faculty: Department: Clinical Sciences & International Health > International Public Health Department
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Depositing User: Stacy Murtagh
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2017 17:05
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2018 13:14


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