Recovered memory of childhood sexual trauma: A documented case from a longitudinal study

Authors

  • Sunita Duggal,

    1. Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455
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  • L. Alan Sroufe

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    1. Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455
    • 140 Institute of Child Development, 51 East River Road, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455-0345
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Abstract

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.

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