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Objective: This pilot study investigated the mental health status of women after genital mutilation. Although experts have assumed that circumcised women are more prone to developing psychiatric illnesses than the general population, there has been little research to confirm this claim. It was predicted that female genital mutilation is associated with a high rate of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Method: The psychological impact of female genital mutilation was assessed in 23doi:10.1176/appi.ajp.162.5.1000 pmid:15863806 fatcat:b54fud5mgvcdhkbsitdfemhrha