BJPsych Bull. 2016 Aug;40(4):230-1. doi: 10.1192/pb.40.4.230.
Female genital mutilation and mental health: how can research help the victims?
In their paper on mental health problems associated with female genital mutilation (FGM) Knipscheer et al1 concluded that ‘a considerable minority group, characterised by infibulated women who have a vivid memory of the circumcision and cope with their symptoms in an avoidant way, reports to experience severe consequences of genital circumcision’.
I welcome the authors’ brave contribution to this crucial but under-researched topic, and appreciate their attempt at exploring the relationship between FGM and psychopathology in circumcised migrant women. However, despite their genuine acknowledgement of the limitations of their findings, it is my opinion that their paper suffers from various shortcomings which I will try to address here…
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Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma. 2010, 3(3):234-242.
Female genital mutilation in a young refugee: a case report and review
Suardi E, Mishkin A & Henderson SW
Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a widespread practice affecting up to 140 million girls and women worldwide (World Health Organization, 2008a). A substantial advocacy literature reports long-term psychological consequences of FGM, but there is little in the psychiatric literature to document this (Behrendt & Moritz, 2005). Within the broader psychiatric literature on refugee mental health, there are debates about the general validity of psychiatric diagnoses in refugee communities, including somatic disorders and posttraumatic stress disorder (Summerfield, 2008). We present the case of a young woman with a history of FGM, who was repeatedly hospitalized for gastrointestinal complaints of unclear etiology and discuss how her case illustrates the diagnostic and cultural complexity of the psychosocial consequences of FGM and political asylum-seeking.
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J Psychohist. 2010 Spring;37(4):297-325.
Female genital mutilation and the perpetuation of multigenerational trauma.
Saybrool Graduate School and Research Center, San Fransisco, USA.
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