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Saturday, July 3, 2010

Goodman, Quas & Ogle: "Child Maltreatment and Memory"

Gail S. Goodman (UC Davis), Jodi Quas (UC Irvine) & Christin Ogle (UC Davis) have posted "Child Maltreatment and Memory" (forthcoming Annual Review of Psychology) on SSRN.  Here is the abstract:

Exposure to childhood trauma, especially child maltreatment, has important implications for memory of emotionally distressing experiences. These implications stem from cognitive, socio-emotional, mental health, and neurobiological consequences of maltreatment and can be at least partially explained by current theories concerning the effects of childhood trauma. In this review, two main hypotheses are advanced: (a) Maltreatment in childhood is associated with especially robust memory for emotionally distressing material in many individuals, but (b) maltreatment can impair memory for such material in individuals who defensively avoid it. Support for these hypotheses comes from research on child abuse victims' memory and suggestibility regarding distressing but nonabusive events, memory for child abuse itself, and autobiographical memory. However, more direct investigations are needed to test precisely when and how childhood trauma affects memory for emotionally significant, distressing experiences. Legal implications and future directions are discussed.


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Regina DeMeo said: And maybe more important than that, she says, the collaborative divorce process forces two people whose lines of communication are broken to learn to work together and talk respectfully to each other. "Because if you have kids, you're going to have to continue to communicate for the next 20 years," she says.

Well, no. In California, the court gives restraining orders to a father against his wife and kids. Then there is no chance to communicate. The man did not want to talk about the kids, didn't want to pay for them either - took out a restraining order to keep them all away from him. California family law restraining orders are five years long. The kids won't see their dad again, probably for the rest of their lives.

Posted by: May | Jul 20, 2010 1:28:35 AM

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