The relationship between survival sex and borderline personality disorder symptoms in a high risk female population

Jerreed Ivanich, Melissa Welch-Lazoritz, Kirk Dombrowski

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Engaging in survival sex and mental illness are overrepresented within homeless populations. This article assesses the relationship between symptoms of borderline personality disorder (BPD) and engaging in survival sex among homeless women. One hundred and fifty-eight homeless women completed surveys on self-reported BPD symptomology and sexual history. Bivariate and multivariate analyses conducted in this study provided insights into the association of experiencing BPD symptoms and engaging in survival sex. Results indicate that some symptoms of BPD are robustly correlated with engaging in survival sex among homeless adult women. Implications for service agencies and others working with at-risk female populations are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1031
JournalInternational journal of environmental research and public health
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 8 2017



  • Alcohol drinking
  • Alcohol use disorders
  • Prevention
  • Primary care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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