Senior Honors Theses

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School of Nursing


Nursing (B.S.N.)


mental health, sex trafficking, human trafficking, rehabilitation


Medicine and Health Sciences | Mental and Social Health | Psychiatric and Mental Health | Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing


Human trafficking is a global epidemic that leaves victims with short- and long-term physiological, psychological, and sociological issues. The mental health needs of trafficked persons have become a topic of research in both medical and psychiatric circles. In order to comprehensively understand the mental health consequences of trafficking, the process must be defined and related to the mental health effects on its victims. The specific mental health disorders diagnosed within this population will be discussed. Treatments used currently for this population will be reviewed, along with future treatments presently being researched and evaluated regarding their potential for use in the trafficked population. Rehabilitation needs are also discussed, including the direction that programs should take in providing care to trafficked persons.