False memory syndrome: state of the art

Boris Nemets, Eliezer Witztum, Moshe Kotler

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Abstract

The review describes the heated dispute on the present state of recovered traumatic memories. There are two main schools concerning the status of recovered memories of child abuse. One school believes in their authenticity unconditionally. Those who oppose the authenticity claim False Memory Syndrome's existence. They describe it as "a serious form of psychopathology characterized by strongly believed pseudomemories of childhood sexual abuse" and "condition in which a person's identity and interpersonal relationships are centered around a memory of traumatic experience which is objectively false but in which the person strongly believes". This review presents the allegations of both sides involved in the dispute, with updates of scientific and judicial references and relevant recommendations to care takers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)726-730, 760
JournalHarefuah
Volume141
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2002

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