Using Peer Education to Promote Psychosocial and Occupational Health and Empowerment Among Female Sex Workers in Nepal

Lauren M. Menger-Ogle, Michelle Kaufman, Gwenith G. Fisher, Elizabeth P. Ryan, Lorann Stallones

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Female sex workers (FSWs) in Nepal are vulnerable to an array of occupational risks, which may compromise their psychosocial health and ability to engage in protective behaviors. A peer education (PE) intervention designed to empower and promote the psychosocial health of FSWs was pilot tested in Kathmandu, Nepal. FSWs who were exposed to the PE intervention (n = 96) had significantly higher scores on psychosocial health knowledge, perceived self-efficacy and ability to access resources, happiness, and job control compared with those who were not (n = 64). PE may be a promising way to promote psychosocial health and empowerment among FSWs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalViolence Against Women
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2019



  • female sex workers
  • peer education
  • psychosocial health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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