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Judges | Law and Psychology | Personality and Social Contexts | Psychological Phenomena and Processes | Social Psychology | Supreme Court of the United States


This article examines the psychological basis for repression and recovery of traumatic memories, presents the results of research on potential sources of error in delayed or recovered memories, and offers possible reasons (primarily related to clinical practice and collective behavior) for false accusations of sexual abuse.


This article was originally published in the September 1994 issue of St. Cloud Unabridged, pp. 2-4.

Selected references

Davis, E., & Bass, L. (1988). The courage to heal: A guide for women survivors of child sexual abuse. New York: Harper & Row.

Herman, J. L. (1992). Trauma and recovery: The aftermath of violence. New York: Basic Books.

Pazder, L., & Smith, M. (1980). Michelle remembers. New York: St. Martin’s Press.

Schreiber, F. R. (1973). Sybil: The true story of a woman possessed by 16 separate personalities. Chicago: Regnery.

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