Trauma and Memory : Clinical and Legal Controversies: Clinical and Legal Controversies

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Paul S. Appelbaum A.F. Zeleznik Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry University of Massachusetts, Lisa A. Uyehara Former Assistant Professor of Psychiatry Tufts University Medical School, Mark R. Elin Assistant Professor Tufts University Medical School
Oxford University Press, USA, Apr 30, 1997 - Psychology - 568 pages
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The authenticity of memories of childhood sexual abuse has become one of the major social controversies of the 1990's. As persons who report histories of abuse have sought remedies in civil and criminal proceedings in the courts, the accuracy of their memories--particularly when they have been recalled after a period of time--has been subject to intense scrutiny. This volume brings together many of the leading participants in the debate to provide a comprehensive picture of the psychological, physiological, and legal aspects of trauma. Beginning by defining the opposing positions in the debate, the contributors then offer a variety of perspectives on the nature of memory, including reviews of some of the most exciting recent developments in this fast-growing area of investigation. Next, consideration is given to the impact of trauma on memory, both in adults and in children. With this framework in place, the authors turn to an examination of the variety of treatment approaches available to victims of trauma, who are trying to cope with the painful consequences of those events. The book argues against a unidimensional approach to trauma, calling instead for a multidisciplinary synthesis that includes developmental, neurobiological, cognitive, and psychodynamic perspectives. Chapters address the legal dilemmas for patients, mental health professionals and society as a whole that have arisen from the trauma and memory controversy. Most importantly, the editors shift the focus of their discussion from the laboratory to the courtroom and from the research journal to the psychotherapist's office, looking at the issues from every relevant angle. This is the only book in the field to treat the trauma and memory controversy comprehensively, from basic research on memory processes through clinical approaches to legal and policy issues. Trauma and Memory is a valuable tool for clinicians treating patients with traumatic memories. It is also intended for psychologists, physicians, social workers and lawyers who need a comprehensive reference on trauma and sexual abuse during childhood.

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The Argument for the Reality of Delayed Recall of Trauma
Contributions from Cognitive
Psychoanalysis Memory and Trauma
The Nature and Development of Childrens Event Memory
7 An Integrative Developmental Model for Trauma and Memory
Memory and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Traumatic Memories
Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy
Cognitive Therapy of Dissociative Identity Disorder
Memories of Trauma in the Treatment of Children
Diagnosis Pathogenesis and Memories of Childhood Abuse
Legal Rights of Trauma Victims
For Whom Does the Bell Toll? Repressed Memory and Challenges for the Law
Child Victims in the Legal System
Reflections on Trauma and Memory

The Early Organization of Memory in SchoolAge
Psychoanalysis Reconstruction and the Recovery of Memory
Psychodynamic Therapy for Patients with Early Childhood Trauma

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Page 11 - So far, no one we've talked to thought she might have been abused, and then later discovered that she hadn't been. The progression always goes the other way, from suspicion to confirmation. If you think you were abused and your life shows the symptoms, then you were.

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