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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."
|Preface: The Statement of the Problem||9|
|Introduction: Hidden Memories: Fact or Fancy?||15|
|Pt. 1||Memory and its Recovery|
|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|
|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|