Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1997, XII, 600 p.
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The controversy regarding cases in which people report "recovered memories" of childhood sexual abuse may well prove to be the most important issue in professional psy chology in the 1990s. Some have argued that such reports often reflect illusory beliefs in advertently created by suggestive forms of "memory work" in psychotherapy. This claim amounts to a charge of widespread malpractice, and publicity about it threatens the reputa tion of clinical psychology. From a culturaVhistorical point of view, this controversy con stitutes a crisis point in Western society's belated and still incomplete efforts to acknowledge and respond effectively to the shocking prevalence of child sexual abuse. "Responding effectively" entails both protecting children from abuse and avoiding false accusations. Some professionals who emphasise prevention of false accusations have de scribed the popularisation of therapeutic searches for suspected hi
Preface. Primary Lectures: Increasing Sensitivity; D.S. Lindsay. An Integrated Approach to Treating Adults Abused as Children with Specific Reference to Self-Reported Recovered Memories; J. Briere. 11 Additional Lectures. Brief Papers: Gender and Recall of Child Sexual Abuse: A Prospective Study; L.M. Williams, V.L. Banyard. A Cognitive Corroborative Case Study Approach for Investigating Discovered Memories of Sexual Abuse; J.W. Schooler, et al. 13 Additional Papers. Legal Panel: The Role of Legal Rules in Recollections of Trauma: An Overview and Introduction to the Legal Panel; D.W. Shuman. Framing the Question of the Admissibility of Expert Testimony about Recollections of Trauma in the United States; D.W. Shuman. 4 Additional Articles. Reports of Working Groups: Agenda for Research: Clinical Approaches to Recollections of Trauma; L. Berliner, J. McDougall. Investigating Alternative Accounts of Veridical and Non-Veridical Memories of Trauma; J.W. Schooler, I.E. Hyman, Jr. 2 Additional Reports. Poster Abstracts: Secondary Traumatization: A Preliminary Study of Therapists Working in the Field of Trauma; M. Arvay. Satanic Ritual Abuse (SRA) Stories as Recovered Memories; B. Beit-Hallahmi. 56 Additional Poster Abstracts. Index.