College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

False Memory Syndrome: A False Dichotomy between Science and Practice

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

9-1997

Keywords

Autobiographical Memory, Child Abuse, Credibility, Early Experience, Sexual Abuse

Publication Title

American Psychologist

ISSN

0003-066X

Volume

52

Issue/No.

9

Abstract

Comments on K. S. Pope's (see record 83-37387) article on the validity of false memory syndrome. The author agrees with Pope that proponents of the validity of false memory syndrome have failed to generate data which would permit empirical evaluation of their claims. The author also offers his perception that clinicians are moving away from an emphasis on memory retrieval in their practices, in favor of the goal of improving functioning, decreasing distress, and augmenting safety and coping skills in patients.

DOI

10.1037/0003066X.52.9.988