The Recovered Memory/False Memory Debate / Edition 1

The Recovered Memory/False Memory Debate / Edition 1

by Kathy Pezdek
     
 

ISBN-10: 0125529759

ISBN-13: 9780125529754

Pub. Date: 01/28/1996

Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology Books

A debate has been raging in courtrooms, journals, and the popular press about the validity of recovered memories. The memories in question are of childhood sexual abuse, mistreatment, and trauma. They have tremendous power for harm or healing, for righting of wrongs or for unjust accusations: it all depends on their validity. Is it possible for a memory to be lost…  See more details below

Overview

A debate has been raging in courtrooms, journals, and the popular press about the validity of recovered memories. The memories in question are of childhood sexual abuse, mistreatment, and trauma. They have tremendous power for harm or healing, for righting of wrongs or for unjust accusations: it all depends on their validity. Is it possible for a memory to be lost and then "recovered?" What is the validity of such a memory? Can children be persuaded that events did or did not happen? What causes childhood amnesia and are traumatic childhood memories more or less likely to be remembered than nontraumatic ones? This book examines these and other complex but critical questions. It presents the latest contributions from researchers representing the full range of positions on the issues and using many different approaches to the questions.
The topics are organized as follows. Section 1 covers the effects of emotion and stress on memory in children. Section II contains analyses of the development of normal autobiographical memory as a context for understanding how childhood traumatic events might be recalled, whether at the time by children, or later by adults. Section III covers the suggestibility of memory. This issue is central because therapists may unwittingly induce false memories in their patients, and abusers may suggest to their victims that their memories are imaginary. Whether and how these can happen depends on suggestibility. The veracity of child witnesses also hinges to a great degree on their suggestibility. Section IV contains some examples from current literature and is the only place where the reports on recovered memories from both the American and the BritishPsychological Associations can be found.
Key Features
• The effects of emotion and stress on memory in children
• How our personal autobiographies develop, and how traumatic memories are incorporated in them
• Perspectives on the suggestibility of memory in children and adults
• Reports of the American and British • Psychological Associations on recovered memory
• Important findings on the accuracy of memories of childhood and the accuracy of child witnesses
• An essential source for all counselors and therapists

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780125529754
Publisher:
Elsevier Science & Technology Books
Publication date:
01/28/1996
Pages:
394
Product dimensions:
6.89(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.37(d)

Table of Contents

Contributors
Preface
Predictors of Accurate and Inaccurate Memories of Traumatic Events Experienced in Childhood3
Amnesia, Partial Amnesia, and Delayed Recall among Adult Survivors of Childhood Trauma29
Comparing Amnesic and Nonamnesic Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse: A Longitudinal Study41
True Memories of Childhood Trauma: Flaws, Absences, and Returns69
Functional Retrograde Amnesia as a Model of Amnesia for Childhood Sexual Abuse81
Making Memories: The Influence of Joint Encoding on Later Recall by Young Children101
How Can I Remember When "I" Wasn't There: Long-Term Retention of Traumatic Experiences and Emergence of the Cognitive Self121
Young Children's Event Recall: Are Memories Constructed through Discourse?151
Children's Memory for Emotional Events: Implications for Testimony169
Memory for Childhood Events: How Suggestible Is It?197
Contextual Influences on Children's Remembering211
Repeatedly Thinking about a Non-event: Source Misattributions among Preschoolers225
Reducing the Potential for Distortion of Childhood Memories245
Contextualizing and Clarifying Criticisms of Memory Work in Psychotherapy267
Seeking the Core: The Issues and Evidence Surrounding Recovered Accounts of Sexual Trauma279
The Trauma-Memory Argument and Recovered Memory Therapy297
Recovered Memories: Lost and Found?313
Professional Practice, Psychological Science, and the Recovered Memory Debate325
On the Construction of Truth and Falsity: Whose Memory, Whose History341
Informed Clinical Practice and the Delayed Memory Controversy355
Interim Report of the Working Group on Investigation of Memories of Childhood Abuse371
Recovered Memories: The Report of the Working Party of the British Psychological Society373
Index393

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