Maltreated Children's Memory of Stressful Removals from Their Biological Parents
Article first published online: 14 JUL 2011
Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Applied Cognitive Psychology
Volume 26, Issue 2, pages 261–270, March/April 2012
How to Cite
Baugerud, G. A. and Melinder, A. (2012), Maltreated Children's Memory of Stressful Removals from Their Biological Parents. Appl. Cognit. Psychol., 26: 261–270. doi: 10.1002/acp.1817
- Issue published online: 2 MAR 2012
- Article first published online: 14 JUL 2011
- Manuscript Accepted: 5 JUN 2011
- Manuscript Revised: 25 JAN 2011
- Manuscript Received: 11 MAY 2010
- Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs. Grant Number: 06/34707
The effects of stress on memory were examined through a study of 33 3 to 12-year-old maltreated children removed from their biological parents by the Child Protective Services because of an emergency (acute) or normal (planned) care order. Children's stress levels were rated by a researcher present during the removal and children's memory of the removal investigated at a later time. The type of removal significantly predicted children's level of stress. ‘Acute removal’ children remembered more from high-stress phases of the removal than the ‘planned removal’ children. All children had more accurate memories of the low-stress phases. Details remembered were rated as central or peripheral; more central information was recalled than peripheral information. The ‘acute removal’ children recalled more peripheral information from the high-stress phases of the removal than the low-stress phases, a difference, which was not present for the ‘planned removal’ children. Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.