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A brief interactive training for health care professionals working with people affected by “female genital mutilation”: initial pilot evaluation with psychosexual therapists

Elliott, Charmaine; Creighton, Sarah M.; Barker, Meg-John and Liao, Lih-Mei (2016). A brief interactive training for health care professionals working with people affected by “female genital mutilation”: initial pilot evaluation with psychosexual therapists. Sexual and Relationship Therapy, 31(1) pp. 70–82.

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Abstract

The aim of the study was to evaluate a 90-minute professional training and education workshop on working with women affected by “female genital mutilation” (FGM). Forty-nine psychosexual therapists attended the workshop and completed the same questionnaire eliciting FGM knowledge and attitudes at the beginning and end of the workshop. Pre- and post-differences in responses to the questionnaire were taken to be the effect of the workshop intervention. Participant satisfaction was independently obtained by the conference organisers. Participants' knowledge of FGM improved significantly following the workshop. Post-workshop, more participants were able to identify the year FGM was made illegal (X2 (5, N = 97) = 32.36, p < .001), the classification of FGM (X2 (6, N = 97) = 29.10, p < .001) and UK prevalence data (X2 (6, N = 97) = 29.10, p < .001). Participants also identified significantly more practising communities (t = 4.6, p < 0.001) and illegal cutting procedures (t = 2.9, p = 0.004). Regarding shifts in attitude following the intervention, the participants expressed greater disagreement with circumcision on consenting adult males (U = 806.5, p = 0.046 (one-tailed), r = 0.18). This suggests that a 90-minute interactive group workshop could be highly acceptable to recipients and enhance knowledge about FGM.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2015 College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists
ISSN: 1468-1994
Keywords: Female genital mutilation; professional training; psychosexual therapy; mental health
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
Item ID: 46106
Depositing User: Meg-John Barker
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2016 10:01
Last Modified: 08 Oct 2016 17:46
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/46106
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