Recovered Memory of Childhood Sexual Trauma: A Documented Case from a Longitudinal Study
Authors: Duggal, S.; Sroufe, L.A.
Source: Journal of Traumatic Stress, Volume 11, Number 2, April 1998 , pp. 301-321(21)
A case of recovered memory of childhood trauma is reported with documented sexual trauma in early childhood, chronicled evidence of the absence of memory for traumatic experience over a period of time, and substantial evidence of ‘spontaneous’ recovery of memory. This account contains the first available prospective report of memory loss in a case in which there is both documented evidence of trauma and evidence of recovery of memory. The case emerged as part of a broadband, large-scale study of children followed closely from birth to adulthood which was not focused on memory for trauma. Prospective data gathered in a neutral research context, corroborated and supplemented by retrospective information, circumvent many limitations of previous retrospective accounts of recovered memories.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455
Publication date: April 1998