A Predictive Theory of Intentions to Exit Street-Level Prostitution

Andrea N. Cimino

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Street-level prostitution is notoriously difficult to escape and rarely do women exit prostitution on their first attempt or without experiencing serious negative consequences to their physical or mental health. Unfortunately, few theories exist that explain the exiting process and those that do exist are difficult to test quantitatively. This article applies the integrative model of behavioral prediction to examine intentions to exit prostitution through attitudes, norms, and self-efficacy beliefs that underlie a woman's intention to exit prostitution. Constructs unique prostitution-agency and societal context-enhance the model. This theory may explain and predict an exit from street-level prostitution.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1235-1252
Number of pages18
JournalViolence Against Women
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • exiting
  • health behavior
  • street-level prostitution
  • theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law


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