Recovered Memories: Seeking the Middle Ground / Edition 1

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When a person recovers a memory of an event from their past for which they claim little or no previous awareness, how reliable is that memory? In this refreshing new approach to the problem, Graham M. Davies and Tim Dalgleish have assembled leading figures from both sides of the debate to provide a balanced overview of the evidence from theoretical and clinical psychologists. Recovered Memories: Seeking the Middle Ground, unlike most other writing on the topic, eschews extreme positions. It provides clinicians with findings from the latest research to enhance their understanding of memory and presents pure researchers with a range of experiences encountered in clinical practice for which they presently have few explanations. Organised around three themes, social, evidential and clinical aspects are covered. Topics include the impact on family and community members, the latest findings on implanted memories and discussion of clinical guidelines for therapeutic practice. This important new collection should not be missed by anyone with an interest in memory, whether engaged in a clinical, legal, child protection, family welfare or experimental research capacity. It is the most authoritative and comprehensive review of the evidence on both sides available to date.
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"...a fascinating, well researched book that is surprisingly well balanced given the highly emotive topic..." (Mental Health Today, September 2002)

"...this book makes a significant contribution to this aim..." (Applied Cognitive Psychology, May 2003)

"...I would strongly recommend this engaging and thorough examination of this important subject..." (Journal of Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapy, No.1 and 2, 2005)

"...I strongly recommend this book...a fascinating read..." (BACP, Dec 2005)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471491316
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 292
  • Product dimensions: 5.94 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 0.85 (d)

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Table of Contents

About the editors
About the contributors
Pt. I The social aspects
1 Socio-historical perspective
2 Recovered memories: effects upon the family and community
3 Recovered memories of abuse: effects on the individual
4 Recovered memories: the legal dilemmas
Pt. II Evidential aspects
5 The recovered memories controversy: where do we go from here?
6 Discovering fact and fiction: case-based analyses of authentic and fabricated discovered memories of abuse
7 Is it possible to discriminate true from false memories?
Pt. III Clinical aspects
8 Therapeutic techniques, therapeutic contexts and memory
9 Recovered memories in therapy: clinicians' beliefs and practices
10 Establishing practice-based guidelines for therapists
11 Psychogenic amnesias: functional memory loss
Pt. IV Concluding comments
12 Memories of abuse and alien abduction: close encounters of a therapeutic kind
Author Index
Subject Index
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