Award Date

12-2010

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy

Department

Marriage and Family Therapy

First Committee Member

Katherine Hertlein, Chair

Second Committee Member

Gerald Weeks

Third Committee Member

Markie Blumer

Fourth Committee Member

Alexis Kennedy

Graduate Faculty Representative

Larry Ashley

Number of Pages

114

Abstract

Commercial sex workers epitomize a population who is both stigmatized and underrepresented in marriage and family therapy research. Through this research I hope to gain understanding about the gains of being a commercial sex worker, which many people may overlook due to their moral opposition to the occupation. I will also be exploring some of the challenges that commercial sex workers face that are unique to their line of work, especially in regards to their relationships, as many aspects of this may have been generalized or disregarded. Finally, I plan to address any implications for therapists who work with commercial sex workers, to help therapists understand barriers which may exist, or special considerations for the commercial sex worker population.

Keywords

Commercial Sex Work; Couple; Couples therapy; Intimacy (Psychology); Prostitutes; Prostitution; Sex Satisfaction; Stripteasers; Therapy

Disciplines

Counseling Psychology | Industrial and Organizational Psychology | Social Psychology

Language

English


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