Memory, repression, and child sexual abuse: forensic implications for the mental health professional.

TitleMemory, repression, and child sexual abuse: forensic implications for the mental health professional.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1997
AuthorsCorelli, TB, Hoag, MJ, Howell, RJ
JournalJ Am Acad Psychiatry Law
Volume25
Issue1
Pagination31-47
Date Published1997
ISSN1093-6793
KeywordsAdolescent, Adult, Child, Child Abuse, Sexual, Child, Preschool, Ethics, Professional, Expert Testimony, Humans, Infant, Mental Recall, Psychotherapy, Repression, Psychology, Suggestion
Abstract

Childhood sexual abuse is prevalent in our society today. Over the last 30 years, mental health professionals have become increasingly involved in the assessment and treatment of adults who were sexually abused as children. The emergence of the phenomenon of recovered memories has divided both families and mental health professionals. The current debate over repressed memory as well as the prominent theories in this area are discussed. Recent legal developments of repressed memory litigation are discussed along with examples of legal cases that are most relevant to mental health professionals today.

Alternate JournalJ. Am. Acad. Psychiatry Law
PubMed ID9148881