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Published: 2014-09-20

Mental Health and Sexual Identity in a Sample of Male Sex Workers in the Czech Republic

Michael Bar-Johnson, Petr Weiss

(First Medical Faculty, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic)

Med Sci Monit 2014; 20:1682-1686

DOI: 10.12659/MSM.891092


Background: Previous qualitative research has examined male sex workers in the Czech Republic, but this mapping study is the first to investigate male sex work in a quantitative research design and focus on the mental health of these sex workers. This study also examines male sex workers’ mental health problems in relation to their sexual identity or orientation.
Material and Methods: A sample of Czech male sex workers (N=40) were examined on a range of sexual and psychological variables using a quantitative survey administered face-to-face. The study employed locally validated versions of Beck’s Depression Inventory and Zung’s Self-Report Anxiety Scale.
Results: The results indicate that for homosexuals, working as a male sex worker is not related to any serious mental health problems. However, those identifying as heterosexual and bisexual more frequently reported symptoms of depression and bisexuals showed significantly more anxiety.
Conclusions: These findings suggest sexual identity is an important issue to consider when addressing the mental health needs of this population.

Keywords: Anxiety, Depression, sex workers




Published: 2014-09-19

Total Thyroidectomy is Associated with Increased Prevalence of Permanent Hypoparathyroidism


Ireneusz Nawrot, Aneta Pragacz, Krzysztof Pragacz, Wiesław Grzesiuk, Marcin Barczyński

Med Sci Monit 2014; 20:1675-1681

DOI: 10.12659/MSM.890988

Published: 2014-09-18

Prognostic Role of MicroRNA-21 in Gastric Cancer: a Meta-Analysis


Zhenqiang Wang, Qiang Cai, Zhaoyan Jiang, Bingya Liu, Zhenggang Zhu, Chen Li

Med Sci Monit 2014; 20:1668-1674

DOI: 10.12659/MSM.892096