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The Relationship between Survival Sex and Borderline Personality Disorder Symptoms in a High Risk Female Population

Department of Sociology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE 68588, USA
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14(9), 1031; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph14091031
Received: 26 July 2017 / Revised: 1 September 2017 / Accepted: 6 September 2017 / Published: 8 September 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Health and Health Care for Homeless People in Various Contexts)
Engaging in survival sex and mental illness are overrepresented within homeless populations. This article assesses the relationship between symptoms of borderline personality disorder (BPD) and engaging in survival sex among homeless women. One hundred and fifty-eight homeless women completed surveys on self-reported BPD symptomology and sexual history. Bivariate and multivariate analyses conducted in this study provided insights into the association of experiencing BPD symptoms and engaging in survival sex. Results indicate that some symptoms of BPD are robustly correlated with engaging in survival sex among homeless adult women. Implications for service agencies and others working with at-risk female populations are discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: homeless; borderline personality disorder; survival sex; high risk populations homeless; borderline personality disorder; survival sex; high risk populations
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Ivanich, J.; Welch-Lazoritz, M.; Dombrowski, K. The Relationship between Survival Sex and Borderline Personality Disorder Symptoms in a High Risk Female Population. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14, 1031.

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