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

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Simon & Schuster, 1994 - Health & Fitness - 271 pages
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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.

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SUGGESTIONS OF ABUSE: True and False Memories of Childhood Sexual Trauma

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Memory can be as malleable as clay, warns a clinical psychologist, and the road to recovering memories of child abuse is strewn with the shards of ``unwitting'' errors by so-called expert therapists ... Read full review

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

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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


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