Knowledge and Attitudes of Physicians in Kansas Regarding Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking

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dc.contributor.author Reinhard, Ashley
dc.contributor.author Whitacre, Ina
dc.contributor.author Hervey, Ashley M
dc.contributor.author Berg, Gina M
dc.date.accessioned 2012-11-27T14:41:57Z
dc.date.available 2012-11-27T14:41:57Z
dc.date.issued 2012-11-27
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2271/1116
dc.description.abstract INTRODUCTION: Domestic minor sex trafficking (DMST) has been reported increasingly in the news as a problem in Kansas. It is essential that healthcare providers are educated about the topic and feel confident in their ability to identify and report a victim. The purpose of this study was to explore Kansas physicians’ knowledge, attitude, and training regarding DMST. METHODOLOGY: A 20-question survey was e-mailed to 1,668 physicians registered with the Kansas Board of Healing Arts in the specialties: family medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics/ gynecology, and emergency medicine. RESULTS: Of those emailed, 69 (4%) responded to the survey. Those that responded agreed that DMST was a problem in the US (86%; n = 59) and Kansas (80%; n = 55). Of the respondents, only 12% (n = 8) felt confident in identifying a victim and only 11% (n = 8) screened patients for DMST. Over half (61%; n = 42) reported encountering possible signs of DMST in patients, however, only few suspected DMST. CONCLUSION: Physicians reported encountering victims of DMST in their practices, which indicated the existence of DMST in Kansas. Survey respondents were lacking in knowledge regarding DMST. Further, their suspicion of DMST victimization (based on presentation), was rarely followed through with reporting. Training, for symptom recognition, victim identification, and proper reporting, is necessary for Kansas physicians as they are often the only professional to come in contact with DMST victims. en_US
dc.subject.mesh sex offenses
dc.subject.mesh sexual behavior
dc.subject.mesh minors
dc.subject.mesh health knowledge, attitudes, practice
dc.subject.mesh physicians
dc.subject.mesh Kansas
dc.title Knowledge and Attitudes of Physicians in Kansas Regarding Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking en_US
dc.type Article en_US
rft.spage 142 en_US
dc.contributor.organization Wichita State University en_US
dc.ispartof.issn 1948-2035
dc.ispartof.issue 4 en_US
dc.ispartof.title Publication::Kansas Journal of Medicine en_US
dc.ispartof.volume 5 en_US

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