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Medicina Legal de Costa Rica

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CASTRO-GOMEZ, M.J; SABORIO-VALVERDE, C; JURADO-SOLORZANO, A  and  SALAZAR-VILLANEA, M. Penitentiary System and old age: contributions of the forensic neuropsychological evaluation. Med. leg. Costa Rica [online]. 2019, vol.36, n.2, pp.17-27. ISSN 2215-5287.


Population ageing has become a priority between the attention and care systems but still deals with myths and discrimination, being the older adults incarcerated in the prison system a population with a greater risk of exclusion and that have neuropsychological characteristics that need attention. Therefore, a first approach was carried out in Costa Rica in the Institutional Adult Care Center from the forensic neuropsychology, to improve the available protocols for the evaluation of the older adult population.


A final graduation work was carried out in a guided practice format for 858 hours both in person and remotely, in the period from April 2017 to April 2018, participating in the processes of forensic neuropsychological evaluation, preparation of a protocol of forensic neuropsychological evaluation and participation in psychoeducational processes on substance use and sexual violence.


In total 40 male people, between 58 and 85 years of age, were attended. With sociodemographic and health variables such as low schooling (45%), with a history of cranioencephalic trauma (67%) and most of them committed sexual abuse (55%). A neuropsychological evaluation protocol was elaborated that includes an interview and observation module, evaluation of mood and evaluation of cognitive functioning module.

Keywords : Neuropsychology; adulthood; evaluation; protocol.

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