College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

Degrees of Repression of Sexual Abuse Memories

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

5-1994

Keywords

Child Abuse, Ethics, Incest, Mental Recall, Psychotherapy

Publication Title

American Psychologist

ISSN

0003-066X

Volume

49

Issue/No.

5

Abstract

Comments on E. F. Loftus's (see record 1993-37888-001) review of data on patients' recovery of repressed memories of sexual abuse (SA) in psychotherapy. In contrast to J. Briere and J. Conte's (see record 1993-33736-001) finding of self-reported amnesia for abuse in 59% of adults molested as children, only 30% of 105 adults in the present authors' study claimed to have blocked out any recollection of SA.

DOI

10.1037/0003066X.49.5.441

Peer Reviewed

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