Construction and Reconstruction of Memory: Dilemmas of Childhood Sexual Abuse / Edition 1

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"Those who study memory find no essay answers when they try to validate the authenticity of human memories. Editor Prozan provides a fresh, unbiased look at the issues involved in the false memory debate. She neither endorses nor discards the "false memory syndrome" in this book. Embracing theoretical, legal, and clinical issues, the book takes a strong psychoanalytical approach in exploring how adults remember, recall, and recount memories from childhood experiences in general, and from child sexual abuse in particular. Theoretical issues are presented clearly, taking into account relevant and recent memory research. Legal issues involved in the repressed memory controversy are presented from a variety of perspectives, providing a well-rounded look at pertinent issues. The final eight chapters explore clinical issues and provide interesting and thought-provoking material for therapist and student alike. An asset to upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and psychotherapists." —Choice Magazine

Discusses cognitive processes, repression/dissociation/ memory, legal issues, incl. case studies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568217871
  • Publisher: Aronson, Jason Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 236
  • Product dimensions: 8.26 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Construction and Reconstruction of Memory
Pt. I Theoretical Issues
1 Psychic Reality and Historical Truth 3
2 Repression, Dissociation, Memory 21
3 An Overview of Cognitive Processes, Childhood Memory, and Trauma 39
Pt. II Legal Issues
4 A Lawyer's View of Invented Memory: The Ramona Case 71
5 Legal Issues for Psychotherapists 87
Pt. III Clinical Issues
6 Historical Truth and Narrative Truth in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy 107
7 Uncovering Memories of Sexual Abuse in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy 115
8 Assessment of Trauma in the Female Psychiatric Inpatient: Impact and Treatment Implications 135
9 Reflections on a False Memory of Childhood Sexual Abuse 151
10 Reconstructing Childhood Sexual Abuse: The Case of Penelope 167
11 Discussion: The Retrieval of Repressed Memories 189
12 Discussion: Clinical Technique and the Political Surround: The Case of Sexual Abuse 207
13 Response 223
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