Degree Name

BA

Department

Psychology

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Defense Date

2020-07-30

Publication Date

2020-08-07

First Faculty Advisor

Dr. Timothy Smith

First Faculty Reader

Dr. Matthew Mason

Honors Coordinator

Dr. Bruce Brown

Keywords

human trafficking, survivor, exploitation, mental health treatment, rehabilitation, trafficking

Abstract

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.

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