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NCJ Number: 185931 Find in a Library
Title: Depolarizing Views on Recovered Memory Experiences (From Truth in Memory, P 481-494, 1998, Steven Jay Lynn and Kevin M. McConkey,eds.)
Author(s): D. Stephen Lindsay
Date Published: 1998
Page Count: 14
Sponsoring Agency: Guilford Publications, Inc.
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Type: Issue Overview
Format: Book (Hardbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article considers the need to depolarize views about recovered memory experiences.
Abstract: The article cites factors that led to polarization of opinion about both therapies oriented to the recovery of childhood memories and the related controversy about the validity of so-called recovered memories. It highlights the aspects of the recovered memory controversy that contribute to contentiousness and specifies the conclusions permitted by scientific evidence. A crude estimate of the likelihood of recovered memory (RME) accuracy can be made by weighing the following: (1) how the RME came about; (2) the nature and clarity of the RME; (3) the likelihood of the suggested events being forgotten; (4) the plausibility of having memories to recover; and (5) the base rate of the alleged type of abuse. The article concludes that there is no necessary trade-off between supporting victims of childhood sexual abuse and minimizing the risk of iatrogenic illusory memories. Progress toward those dual goals requires a depolarized, collaborative approach to the many unanswered questions raised by the recovered memories controversy. Notes, references
Main Term(s): Victims of Crime
Index Term(s): Adult survivors of child sexual abuse; Behavioral science research; Child Sexual Abuse; Psychological manipulation; Psychological theories; Psychological victimization effects; Testimony; Victim services; Witness credibility
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