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Neuropsychological and Electrophysiological Evaluation after Rape: A Case Study of a Teenage Girl

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Although rape is an event with a high incidence worldwide, there is currently no single consensus about both the general effects and the diagnosis and treatment of this. To evaluate the consequences of rape, a teenage girl was evaluated at two moments: a month-and-a-half and then a year-and-a-half after being raped. Clinical measurements, neuropsychological testing and electroencephalographic recording (EEG) were conducted in four conditions: eyes closed, eyes open, and during performance of two tasks: Towers of Hanoi and Wisconsin. Observations showed subsyndromal symptoms of post-traumatic stress on the first evaluation, and close-to-normal scores on the neuropsychological and cognitive tests in both assessments. Decreased cortical EEG synchronization, mainly in the fast frequencies and in almost all conditions, was obtained in the second evaluation. The results obtained in this study may indicate an early development in the brain, which is discussed in light of current literature on this topic.

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Rizo-Martínez, L. , Guevara, M. , Cerdán, L. , Robles-Aguirre, F. , Sanz-Martin, A. and Hernández-González, M. (2014) Neuropsychological and Electrophysiological Evaluation after Rape: A Case Study of a Teenage Girl. Journal of Behavioral and Brain Science, 4, 256-267. doi: 10.4236/jbbs.2014.46027.

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