Recovered memory Controversy

Looking back at my progress

There must be several hundred books on sexual abuse of children and claims of recovered memories by adults of their having abused as children. Keep in mind that the reality of sexual abuse and the reality of one's memories of the same may be different. There is no doubt that there is sexual abuse of children and some reasonable debate about how trustworthy children's reports of such abuse are. However, the most controversial issue is whether one should trust recovered memories of such abuse. The debate on this issue has become fierce with many therapists (but probably not a majority of clinical psychologists) favoring the existence of repressed memories and almost all memory experts being quite skeptical of the existence of repressed memories of childhood sexual abuse, let alone the validity of recovered memories. An additional controversial issue is whether there are cases of ritual Satanic abuse.

Bass, Ellen and Davis, Laura. The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse (3rd edition). (*) A large and hugely influential book that has become the bible of the recovered memories movement. This latest edition features an unconvincing rebuttal to the many critics of this movement.

Crews, Frederick. The Memory Wars: Freud's Legacy in Dispute (*). New York Review Books. 1995. Basically consists of two lengthy and famous articles on Freud and the recovered memory controversy written originally for the New York Review. Crews argues that Freud was wrong in general and particulars because he was not a good or even honorable scientist and that the recovered memory movement is thereby built on a shaky foundation. Includes also letters to the editor mostly highly critical of Crews and supportive of Freud, psychoanalysis, and recovered memories. For a more extended and even harsher critique of Freud and believers in psychoanalysis, see Malcolm Macmillan's Freud Evaluated: The Completed Arc (North-Holland, 1991)

Franklin, Eileen, & Wright, W. Sins of the Father. Crown, 1991. The notorious case of Ms. Franklin who recovered a repressed memory that her father killed her childhood friend over twenty years before. Her testimony was the only evidence used to convict her father. For suggestions that the memory probably was fabricated see Loftus, and Ofshe & Watters below and MacLean, Harry, Once Upon a Time (HarperCollins, 1993).

Fredrickson, Renee. Repressed Memories. (*) Fireside, 1992. An impassioned plea for the existence of repressed memories of childhood sexual abuse and guidelines for how to deal with them.

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