Most People who Think that They are Likely to Enter Psychotherapy also Think it is Plausible that They could have Forgotten their own Memories of Childhood Sexual Abuse.
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Pezdek and Blandon-Gitlin (in press) found that 25% of their participants reported as plausible or very plausible that they themselves could have been a victim of childhood sexual abuse without being able to remember it. In addition, they found that the 25% figure increased to 61% for participants who reported that they were likely at some point in their life to seek psychotherapy. Given past work showing that it is easier to implant a false memory for plausible events, and counter to Pezdek and Blandon-Gitlin's conclusions, these data point to a substantial danger of implanting false memories of childhood sexual abuse during therapy in many people and in most people who are likely to go into therapy. Theoretical issues regarding plausibility are discussed.
Published Version (Please cite this version)10.1002/acp.1462
Publication InfoRubin, David; & Berntsen, Dorthe (2009). Most People who Think that They are Likely to Enter Psychotherapy also Think it is Plausible that They could have Forgotten their own Memories of Childhood Sexual Abuse. Applied cognitive psychology, 23(2). pp. 170-173. 10.1002/acp.1462. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/19023.
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Juanita M. Kreps Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience
For .pdfs of all publications click here My main research interest has been in long-term memory, especially for complex (or "real-world") stimuli. This work includes the study of autobiographical memory