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Cultural-Historical Psychology

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (printed version): 1816-5435

ISSN (online): 2224-8935


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Social and Psychological Aspects of the Phenomenon of Male Prostitution in the Modern Culture

Maksimov A.M., Ph.D. Student, Department of Clinical Psychology Counseling psychology chair, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia
Kholmogorova A.B., Doctor in Psychology, Professor, Head of the Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Faculty of Psychological Counseling, MSUPE, Head of the Laboratory of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy MRI of Psychiatry of Roszdrav., Moscow, Russia,
The article presents results of the psychological study of men who have commercial sex with men (MSM CSW). This paper investigates traumatic experiences, personality pathology, life histories and parental images of MSM CSW. The sample consisted of 36 MSM CSW from Russia and developed Western countries. Age of participants ranged from 14 to 20 years. Objectives of the study: general review of the study group based on the examples of Russian and Western respondents, composition of the phenomenological and clinical portraits of the typical representative of this group. Methods used in the study: qualitative semi-structured interviews and a questionnaire on dysfunctional beliefs in the borderline personality disorder. Results: about 65 % of respondents suffer from the borderline personality disorder and all of the respondents have severe traumatic histories; 80 % of the participants report facts of physical or sexual violence in childhood or adolescence. The specifics of parental images of MSM's were shown in the study.

Keywords: male prostitution, macrosocial factors, borderline personality disorder, physical and sexual abuse, homosexuality, traumatic experience, re-traumatization, parental images.

Column: Empirical Research

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