Overview of therapeutic support
Mexican patient complains of pain in the heart, an African woman doctor, in the office. Mixed race young people

Overview of therapeutic support

There is very little research focusing specifically on FGM and mental health, and there are even less in developing countries. Most research was done on migrant girls and women in developed countries. In this way, it is difficult to draw conclusions on FGM consequences on mental health as the migratory journey and the confrontation with new social norms and beauty standards have a strong influence on the perception of herself, on the general well-being and mental health of concerned women

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Influence of social norms and migration on the well-being of persons with FGM
Mexican patient complains of pain in the heart, an African woman doctor, in the office. Mixed race young people

Influence of social norms and migration on the well-being of persons with FGM

Most of the currently available studies on psychological and sexual consequences of FGM have been led in Europe and North America on migrant women concerned by FGM. Factors such as migration, the integration in the host society as well as cultural and social environment, norms and customs must therefore be analyzed. Current studies emphasize the influence that external factors and the life path of the person have on psychological consequences of FGM.

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Therapeutic support and FGM: Current issues
Mexican patient complains of pain in the heart, an African woman doctor, in the office. Mixed race young people

Therapeutic support and FGM: Current issues

First of all, we must understand that there is currently little research focusing specifically on FGM and mental health, and there are even less in developing countries. Most research was done on migrant girls and women in developed countries. In this way, it is difficult to draw conclusions on FGM consequences on mental health as the migratory journey and the confrontation with new social norms and beauty standards have a strong influence on the perception of herself,

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Psychological consequences of FGM
Mexican patient complains of pain in the heart, an African woman doctor, in the office. Mixed race young people

Psychological consequences of FGM

FGM is often experienced as a traumatic experience with immediate psychological consequences as well as short and long-term consequences. Nevertheless, it is important to notice that all women react differently. The psychological consequences are not systematic nor universal and differ from a person to another.

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