Gabrielle Tracy McClelland, PhD, is senior lecturer at the School of Health Studies, University of Bradford, England. She is an experienced health care researcher, senior lecturer, and nurse, with a particular interest in diversity, social inclusion, ethics, mental health, and substance misuse. Currently, she is leading a team undertaking a Cochrane systematic review relating to dementia training. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Theme 4: Advancing Diversity
Youth Sexual Exploitation (United Kingdom)
Managing Health Needs, Alongside Criminal Justice Interventions
Version of Record online: 30 MAY 2013
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Journal of Psychological Issues in Organizational Culture
Special Issue: Reframing Diversity Interventions in Austere Times
Volume 3, Issue S1, pages 247–275, May 2013
How to Cite
McClelland, G. T. and Newell, R. (2013), Youth Sexual Exploitation (United Kingdom). J of Psych Issues in Org Culture, 3: 247–275. doi: 10.1002/jpoc.21072
- Issue online: 30 MAY 2013
- Version of Record online: 30 MAY 2013
This article highlights the importance of examining physical and psychological health in the context of youth sexual exploitation by drawing on findings from an empirical research study undertaken between 2006 and 2011. Data were drawn from interviews with 24 sexually exploited young people and 61 professionals working in agencies supporting sexually exploited young people. A sequential mixed-method approach was employed to address the research study aims using interviews and a questionnaire survey.
A significant range of physical and psychological health problems were reported alongside risks to health and barriers to health support for sexually exploited young people. Intentional self-harm and substance abuse were concordant themes from phases 1 and 2. Psychosocial vulnerability factors appear to undermine health and affect health-seeking behavior. Novel themes that emerged from this study included taxonomy of risk behaviors related to health.