Journal of Traumatic Stress Disorders & Treatment ISSN: 2324-8947

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Female Genital Mutilation: Trauma, Loss and Key Clinical Considerations

Female Genital Mutilation: Trauma, Loss and Key Clinical Considerations

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a traditional practice which is widely practiced in several regions of the world. The procedures carried by FGM are irreversible and the impact lasts a lifetime. There are unique features of the psychological aftermath of FMG, including feelings of incompleteness, loss, and betrayal. The purpose of this article is to (a) offer a brief literature regarding the aftermath of FGM (b) present testimonials of survivors of FGM which reflect the experience of trauma and loss (c) illuminate the key clinical issues involved in working with women who have experienced FGM.

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