School of Nursing
Alison M Colbert
trafficked for sex, women, culture, beliefs, values, practices, well-being, health
Introduction: Women who have been trafficked for sex in the United State report that the health care they receive is not consistently helpful or tailored to their unique needs. The purpose and domain of inquiry (DOI) for this study was to discover, understand, and describe health and well-being beliefs, values, and practices of U.S. born women who have been trafficked for sex in the United States, in order to provide culturally congruent nursing care. Method: Leininger’s Culture Care Theory (CCT), ethnonursing research method (ERM), and enablers guided the researcher as she explored the DOI. Interviews were conducted with 11 key informants and 18 general informants. Key informants were women who had been trafficked for sex in the U.S. General informants were providers of services for women who have been trafficked for sex. Results: Leininger's four phases of data analysis revealed 22 categories, seven patterns and three themes: (1) to keep myself safe, I cannot let my guard down, (2) I am worth the investment, (3) I need to know that you see me, and that you accept me. Discussion: These findings detail what women trafficked for sex value about their health and what they need and want from health care agents. Recommendations for future research and implications for education and practice are described.
Lepianka, C. (2021). The Cultural Worldview of Women Trafficked For Sex in the U.S: An Ethnonursing Study Exploring Health and Well-Being Beliefs, Values and Practices from an Emic Perspective (Doctoral dissertation, Duquesne University). Retrieved from https://dsc.duq.edu/etd/2017
Lepianka, C., & Colbert, A. (2020). Characteristics and Healthcare Needs of Women
Who Are Trafficked for Sex in the United States: An Integrative Literature
Review. Journal of Forensic Nursing. 16(1), 6-15.
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