Family, Home, and Social Sciences
First Faculty Advisor
Dr. Timothy Smith
First Faculty Reader
Dr. Matthew Mason
Dr. Bruce Brown
human trafficking, survivor, exploitation, mental health treatment, rehabilitation, trafficking
Human trafficking is a global issue that is increasing in prevalence. For survivors and those exploited by human trafficking, the psychological, developmental, and physical health consequences of human trafficking are complex and often debilitating. Unfortunately, there continues to be a lack of attention regarding these issues in the professional psychology literature. A qualitative study was conducted that included nine semi-structured interviews of professionals working with survivors of human trafficking. The data were analyzed and themes were derived using content analysis. The results showed the need for long-term comprehensive care, but many principles found in the research literature have not yet been implemented in clinical practice. Trauma-informed treatments focused on empowerment and agency show promise in facilitating a healthy therapeutic relationship.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Andreason, Caleb, "Survivors of Human Trafficking: A Review of Current Mental Health Practices and Recommendations for Improvement" (2020). Undergraduate Honors Theses. 152.