Female Genital Cutting in the United States: Implications for Mental Health Professionals

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The increasingly multicultural composition of the United States can pose numerous challenges for mental health professionals. Although clinicians may have worked with culturally diverse female populations that have experienced various types of sexual violence, there has been a limited discussion of female genital cutting (FGC) and its consequences in the psychological literature. In this article, the prevalence of FGC in the United States; the literature regarding the physical, psychological, and social consequences of this practice; and the practice’s implications for mental health services are reviewed and discussed. Finally, the authors provide recommendations for clinical practice, education and training, research, and advocacy.

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