Trauma and Memory

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Taking an in-depth look at the most current research on memory of traumatic events, this book contains state-of-the-art data in the controversial area of repressed memory. Contributors, major figures in the field, integrate multidisciplinary findings into proposals for coherent treatment, and legal and social policy and practices.

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Editorial Reviews

Offers a look at current research for practitioners, academics, researchers, and advanced students in the fields of psychology, neurology, law, social work, medicine, public health, women's studies, and child development. Most of this book's 26 chapters were first presented in 1996 at Trauma and Memory: An International Research Conference. Sections cover clinical practice and legal issues, mental health and memories of traumatic events, cognitive and physiological perspectives on trauma and memory, and evidence and controversies in understanding memories for traumatic events. Paper edition (unseen), $34.95. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761907718
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 9/24/1998
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda M. Williams received her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1979, where she studied at the Center for Research in Criminology and Criminal Law. Dr Williams was appointed in 2005 as Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology, University of Massachusetts Lowell. She was Director of Research at the Stone Center, Wellesley Centers for Women from 1996-2005 and has directed longitudinal research on sexual exploitation of children and youth, the consequences of child abuse, violence against women, family violence, sex offenders and violence prevention for 33 years.

Professor Williams is author of 4 books and numerous scholarly publications on family violence including Partner Violence (1998), Trauma and Memory (1998), Nursery Crimes: Sexual Abuse in Day Care (1988), and The Aftermath of Rape (1979). She served on the National Research Councils’ Panel on Violence Against Women and as co-director of the National Violence Against Women Prevention Research Center. Dr. Williams has been principal investigator on 13 U.S. federally funded research projects. Current research includes research on child abuse recidivism, human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of children. She is principal investigator of a study of prostituted teens and at risk runaways funded by the U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Dr Williams is currently co-editing a special issue of the journal Child Maltreatment on “Child maltreatment and adolescent violence: Understanding complex connections.”

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Clinical Practice and Legal Issues in Trauma and Memory
1 Trauma, Memory, and Clinical Practice 3
2 Memory Research and Clinical Practice: A Critique of Three Paradigms and a Framework for Psychotherapy With Trauma Survivors 19
3 Individual Differences in Maltreated Children's Memory and Suggestibility 31
4 General Memory Functioning at Pre- and Posttreatment in Female Rape Victims With Posttraumatic Stress Disorder 47
5 Remembering Trauma: A Characterological Perspective 57
6 Ethical Considerations in the Teaching of Trauma and Dissociation: Student Exposure and Unexpected Memory 67
7 Memory, Research, and the Law: Future Directions 77
8 Remembering Incest: The Complexities of This Process and Implications for Civil Statutes of Limitations 93
Pt. II Mental Health and Memories of Traumatic Events
9 Memories for Child Sexual Abuse and Mental Health Functioning: Findings on a Sample of Women and Implications for Future Research 115
10 Bulimia Nervosa, PTSD, and Forgetting: Results From the National Women's Study 127
11 Sexual Abuse History With and Without Self-Report of Memory Loss: Differences in Psychopathology, Personality, and Dissociation 139
12 Participation in Retrospective Child Sexual Abuse Research: Beneficial or Harmful? What Women Think Six Years Later 149
13 From Victim to Survivor: Recovered Memories and Identity Transformation 161
Pt. III Cognitive and Physiological Perspectives on Trauma and Memory
14 False Childhood Memories: Research, Theory, and Applications 175
15 Memories of a Petrochemical Explosion: A Cognitive-Phenomenological Study of Intrusive Thoughts 189
16 Seeking the Core: The Issues and Evidence Surrounding Recovered Accounts of Sexual Trauma 203
17 Traumatic Memories Lost and Found: Can Lost Memories of Abuse Be Found in the Brain? 217
18 Neuropsychological Sequelae of Chronically Psychologically Traumatized Children: Specific Findings in Memory and Higher Cognitive Functions 229
19 Coping With Traumatic Stress Interferes With Memory of the Event: A New Conceptual Mechanism for the Protective Effects of Stress Control 245
20 Can Cognitive Neuroscience Illuminate the Nature of Traumatic Childhood Memories? 257
Pt. IV Evidence and Controversies in Understanding Memories for Traumatic Events
21 Traumatic Memory Characteristics: A Cross-Validated Mediational Model of Response to Rape Among Employed Women 273
22 Defense Styles of Women Who Have Experienced Child Sexual Abuse: A Comparative Community Study 291
23 Toddlers Remember Quake Trauma 299
24 Stability and Fluctuation of Veterans' Reports of Combat Exposure 311
25 True Lies, False Truths, and Naturalistic Raw Data: Applying Clinical Research Findings to the False Memory Debate 319
26 The Sociopolitical Context of the Delayed Memory Debate 331
Index 349
About the Editors 373
About the Contributors 375
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