Poster Abstracts


We investigated adaptive learning strategies of children exploited through prostitution. It was hypothesized that (a) adolescents with a history of prostitution would have deficits in executive functioning, and (b) there would be a significant relationship between measures of executive functioning and measures of verbal and non-verbal learning.
Archival data was gathered from 22 comprehensive educational neuropsychological evaluations. The 21 female and 1 male-to-female adolescents were between the ages of 14 to 18 (M = 16.1; SD = 1.2), with IQs ranging from 72 to 115 (M = 85.1, SD = 11.2). We used the California Verbal Learning Test (CVLT-C, CVLT-II) and the Rey-Osterrieth Complex Figure (ROCF) with the Boston Qualitative Scoring System (BQSS) and Taylor criterion of scoring.
As expected, our adolescents scored significantly lower on the BQSS than the standardized population. The CVLT learning index was positively correlated with CVLT Semantic Clustering verbal processing indexes and there were moderately positive correlations between BQSS Organization scores and the immediate delay of the ROCF.
These findings inform the relationship between verbal learning and executive learning strategies for adolescents with a history of prostitution and consequently may support the creation of interventions specifically designed to build learning strategies and executive functioning skills.

First AuthorObiageli Uguru
Second AuthorAnne Turk Nolty
Third AuthorJoshua Mastan
Fourth AuthorAshni Persad
Fifth AuthorIrene Sipan
Sixth AuthorStacy Amano