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Is repressed memory fact or fiction? What role should therapists play in determining the truth? What, if any, weight should these "memories" be given when prosecuting claims of child sexual abuse? Noted experts seek answers that could affect thousands of lives.

Tabloid talk shows and the courts are overflowing with adults alleging sexual and other abuses they endured as children. Parents have been hauled into court, convicted, and jailed over their children's claims of abuse, many of which have been based upon "memories" that have surfaced after therapists employed dubious techniques and suggestive "therapies." In some cases, the abuse really did occur. Alarmingly, in other cases, it did not.

Noted psychologist and author Robert A. Baker states that experienced and responsible therapists vehemently disagree about the nature, source, and reliability of these "memories." In Child Sexual Abuse and False Memory Syndrome doctors, therapists, victims, researchers, and others search for answers in seven major areas: memory and its recovery, childhood trauma, repression and amnesia, hypnosis, suggestibility, professional problems and ethical issues, as well as needed research and legal implications.

Distinguished contributors include Maggie Bruck, Stephen J. Ceci, Gail Goodman, James Hudson, John F. Kihlstrom, Elizabeth Loftus, Richard Ofshe, Harrison Pope, Leonore Terr, Ralph Underwager, Hillida Wakefield, Ethan Watters, Michael Yapko, and more than 20 others.

"This collection of essays written by experts on child sexual abuse examines the controversies, problems, research, & ethical concerns surrounding false memory syndrome."

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
While this handbook on child sexual abuse will be of primary interest to professionals and legal experts, its 32 lucid articles written by professionals will also be of value to victims, patients and their families. The compendium aims to help those involved identify instances of child sexual abuse while protecting innocent adults who may be wrongfully accused. Some selections demonstrate in disturbing detail how damaging recovered-memory therapy can be, especially when hypnosislike procedures produce confabulated memoriesi.e., fantasies inseparable from reality. Other contributors attest that many or most of the stories they hear alleging childhood incest or sexual abuse are true. Strong sections cover the role of childhood sexual molestation in the genesis of serious emotional disorders and the ethical issues facing marital and family therapists, lawyers, litigants and child protective-services workers. Baker They Call It Hypnosis has produced a dispassionate overview of a minefield. Jan.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573921824
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 6/28/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 479
  • Lexile: 1370L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.33 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 1.57 (d)

Meet the Author

The late Robert A. Baker, Ph.D. was the author of the acclaimed They Call It Hypnosis. He taught psychology at MIT, Standford University, and the University of Kentucky, where he was chairman of the Psychology Department until his retirement. He was also the author of Hidden Memories: Voices and Visions from Within, and Mind Games: Are We Obsessed with Therapy? and was editor of Child Sexual Abuse and False Memory Syndrome.
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Table of Contents

Preface: The Statement of the Problem 9
Introduction: Hidden Memories: Fact or Fancy? 15
Pt. 1 Memory and its Recovery
1 Remembering Dangerously 31
2 The Shadow of a Doubt 49
3 The Seductions of Memory 76
4 Facing the Truth about False Memory 87
5 Children's Memories for Stressful Events 97
Pt. 2 Repression and Amnesia
6 The Evidence for Repression: An Examination of Sixty Years of Research 149
7 Can Memories of Childhood Sexual Abuse Be Repressed? 169
8 Forgetting Sexual Trauma: What Does It Mean When 38% Forget? 181
9 Repressed Memories: True and False 193
Pt. 3 Hypnosis, Suggestion, and Iatrogenesis
10 Suggestibility and Repressed Memories of Abuse: A Survey of Psychotherapists' Beliefs 215
11 Making Monsters 227
12 The Validity of Repressed Memories and the Accuracy of Their Recall Through Hypnosis: A Case Study from the Courtroom 250
13 The Memory Retrieval Process in Incest Survivor Therapy 259
Pt. 4 Professional Problems and Ethical Issues
14 The Professional Response to Child Sexual Abuse: Whose Interests Are Served? 279
15 How Reliable Are Children's Statements? ... It Depends 309
16 Avoiding False Claims of Child Sexual Abuse: Empty Promises 318
17 Child Sexual Abuse: Finding Common Ground 327
18 Child Sexual Abuse: Ethical Issues for the Family Therapist 335
Pt. 5 Research, Needed Research, and Legal Implications
19 The Impact of Child Sexual Abuse: A Review of the Research 355
20 Child Witnesses: Translating Research into Policy 384
21 Recovered Memories of Alleged Sexual Abuse: Lawsuits against Parents 425
Pt. 6 Summary and Conclusions
22 Where Do We Go from Here? 461
Recommended Readings 469
Contributors 473
Index 477
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