Child Sexual Abuse and False Memory Syndrome
Robert Allen Baker
Prometheus Books, 1998 - Psychology - 479 pages
Is repressed memory fact or fiction? What role should therapists play in determining the truth? What, if any, weight should these "memories" be given when prosecuting claims of child sexual abuse? Noted experts seek answers that could affect thousands of lives.
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.
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The Statement of the Problem
Hidden Memories Fact or Fancy?
MEMORY AND ITS RECOVERY
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