Estimating hidden populations: a new method of calculating the prevalence of drug-injecting and non-injecting female street prostitution

Bloor, M., Leyland, A. , Barnard, M. and McKeganey, N. (1991) Estimating hidden populations: a new method of calculating the prevalence of drug-injecting and non-injecting female street prostitution. British Journal of Addiction, 86(11), pp. 1477-1483. (doi:10.1111/j.1360-0443.1991.tb01733.x)

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Abstract

This paper outlines a new method we have developed for estimating the prevalence of streetworking prostitution and the proportions of female street-working prostitutes who are injecting drug users. This method is based on the capture/recapture approach and involves distinguishing new fieldwork contacts from repeat field work contacts. The size of the overall population can be modelled from records of the increasing ratio of repeat to new fieldwork contacts. The method may have a relevance beyond a concern with prostitution and drug injecting, and may be of value in estimating other hidden populations.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Bloor, Prof Michael and Barnard, Prof Marina and McKeganey, Prof Neil and Leyland, Professor Alastair
Authors: Bloor, M., Leyland, A., Barnard, M., and McKeganey, N.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > MRC/CSO SPHSU
College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Centre for Drugs Misuse Research
Journal Name:British Journal of Addiction
ISSN:0952-0481

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