EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONS AND LEVELS OF STRESS IN DECISION-MAKING: A STUDY OF ADOLESCENTS WITH CLEFT LIP AND PALATE
Rui Mateus Joaquim, Lucimara Teixeira Das Neves, Maria De Lourdes Merighi Tabaquim
The objective was to evaluate executive performance in the decision-making process of adolescents with cleft lip and palate. The data were obtained through the neuropsychological evaluation and the Elisa test, through the collection of saliva, to evaluate cortisol levels In 50 male adolescents with cleft lip and palate (group A) and other 46 non-fissured individuals (control) male (Group B), all aged 14 to 17 years old. The analysis of data was performed using different non-parametric tests. The performance of the groups, in terms of executive function, cognitive flexibility and stress levels did not present significant differences in statistical analysis. The Functions and competences related to failure to maintain the context, cognitive functions involved in the support of attention, motivation and using operational memory, were lagged when compared to the expected pattern of the age group, with 24% in G1 and 36,2% in G2.The results of the present study show even though they did not have a statistical difference, the performances were reduced in both groups.
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