Psychotherapy and the recovery of memories of childhood sexual abuse: US and British practitioners' opinions, practices, and experiences.

TitlePsychotherapy and the recovery of memories of childhood sexual abuse: US and British practitioners' opinions, practices, and experiences.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1995
AuthorsPoole, DA, D Lindsay, S, Memon, A, Bull, R
JournalJournal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
Volume63
Pagination426
Abstract

Psychotherapists were surveyed regarding clients' memories of childhood sexual abuse (CSA). The 3 samples were highly similar on the vast majority of measures. Respondents listed a wide variety of behavioral symptoms as potential indicators of CSA, and 71% indicated that they had used various techniques (e.g., hypnosis, interpretation of dreams) to help clients recover suspected memories of CSA . Across samples, 25% of the respondents reported a constellation of beliefs and practices suggestive of a focus on memory recovery, and these psychologists reported relatively high rates of memory recovery in their clients.

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