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Crossing borders: Discussing the evidence relating to the mental health needs of women exposed to female genital mutilation

Mulongo, P, McAndrew, SL and Hollins-Martin, CJ 2013, 'Crossing borders: Discussing the evidence relating to the mental health needs of women exposed to female genital mutilation' , International Journal Of Mental Health Nursing, 23 (2) , pp. 1-10.

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Abstract

The terms ‘female circumcision’ (FC), ‘FG cutting’ (FGC) and ‘FG mutilation’ (FGM) refer to procedures involving the partial or total removal of the external female genitalia for non-medical reasons. In practicing countries, FGC/FC is more widely used, as it is believed to be inoffensive, providing more impartial ways of discussing the practice. Positive beliefs about FC/FGC include virginity, marriage prospects, family reputation, or passage to adulthood. Regardless of terminology, the practice exists in at least 28 African counties, and a few Asian and Middle Eastern countries. In Western society, FGM is considered a breach of human rights, being outlawed in a number of countries. With immigration trends, FGC is now prominent in Western society among practicing communities. While the past decade has seen an increase in studies and recommendations for health-care support related to the physical health consequences of FGM, little is known about the psychological impact and its management. For many girls and women, FGC is a traumatic practice, transforming it to FGM and affecting their mental health. This discussion paper focuses on evidence relating to the mental health consequences of FGM, therapeutic interventions, and the mental health nurse’s role in addressing the needs of this group of women.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: female genital mutilation; intervention; mental health; nursing; psychological consequence
Themes: Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Schools > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences Research
Schools > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal Of Mental Health Nursing
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1447-0349
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Funders: Henry Smith Charity
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2014 15:12
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2015 23:43
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/30804

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