"You Just Give Them What They Want and Pray They Don't Kill You": Street-Level Sex Workers' Reports of Victimization, Personal Resources, and Coping Strategies

  • Dalla R
  • Xia Y
  • Kennedy H
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Using both qualitative (in-depth, personal interviews) and quantitative (self-report sur- vey indices) techniques, data were collected from 43 women involved in streetwalking prostitution. The purpose of the investigation was to examine exposure to violence and victimization among a particularly vulnerable female population across the life span. A secondary goal was to apply stress theory as an organizing frameworkfor examining per- sonal resources (e.g., social support, locus of control) and coping behavior. Results from both data collection strategies are presented, and implications for intervention are described.

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  • Coping
  • Prostitution
  • Violence

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  • Rochelle L. Dalla

  • Yan Xia

  • Heather Kennedy

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