Suggestions of Abuse: True and False Memories of Childhood Sexual Trauma

Front Cover
Simon & Schuster, 1994 - Health & Fitness - 271 pages
2 Reviews
Allegations of sexual abuse, particularly those based on the recovery of supposed "repressed memories" of abuse, have reached incredible proportions. The result has been devastation for many. Why is this happening? Alarmed by the statistics, Dr. Michael Yapko - a clinical psychologist with nearly two decades of experience in working with individuals and families involved with issues of abuse - decided to investigate. This timely book reveals how and why a startling number of mental health professionals, ignorant about suggestibility and the workings of memory, are unwittingly leading their patients to believe that they are victims of sexual abuse that has been entirely repressed. In plain language, Dr. Yapko explains what we know - and don't know - about memory, repression, and suggestibility. He also offers sensitive, realistic advice for individuals and families whose lives have been damaged by questionable accusations, and for those who suspect they have been falsely led to believe they were abused. Dr. Yapko's revelatory and compassionate book - the first to address seriously the complex and volatile subject of false memory and sexual abuse - offers invaluable insight and guidance to anyone who has been affected, personally or professionally, by this painful issue.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

Suggestions of abuse: true and false memories of childhood sexual trauma

User Review  - Not Available - Book Verdict

Finally, a work of popular psychology whose purpose is not to convince readers that they are victims but to illuminate one of the most fascinating and distressing occurrences in recent years-the ... Read full review

Review: Suggestions of Abuse: True and False Memories of Childhood Sexual Trauma

User Review  - drowningmermaid - Goodreads

A good exploration of the nature of memory, of suggestability, of the psychiatrist/patient relationship. Lots of good examples. Read full review

Contents

Preface
15
Into the Light
23
Therapists Reveal Their Attitudes about Memories and Suggestions of Abuse
42
Copyright

14 other sections not shown

Common terms and phrases

About the author (1994)

Michael D. Yapko, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and marriage and family therapist in private practice who lectures worldwide on the subject of depression. He is a member of the American Psychological Association and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and a Fellow in both the Royal Society of Medicine in England and the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. He lives with his wife near San Diego, California.

Bibliographic information