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While this handbook on child sexual abuse will be of primary interest to professionals and legal experts, its 32 lucid articles written by professionals will also be of value to victims, patients and their families. The compendium aims to help those involved identify instances of child sexual abuse while protecting innocent adults who may be wrongfully accused. Some selections demonstrate in disturbing detail how damaging recovered-memory therapy can be, especially when hypnosislike procedures produce confabulated memories--i.e., fantasies inseparable from reality. Other contributors attest that many or most of the stories they hear alleging childhood incest or sexual abuse are true. Strong sections cover the role of childhood sexual molestation in the genesis of serious emotional disorders and the ethical issues facing marital and family therapists, lawyers, litigants and child protective-services workers. Baker (They Call It Hypnosis) has produced a dispassionate overview of a minefield.

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About the Author

The late Robert A. Baker, Ph.D. was the author of the acclaimed They Call It Hypnosis. He taught psychology at MIT, Standford University, and the University of Kentucky, where he was chairman of the Psychology Department until his retirement. He was also the author of Hidden Memories: Voices and Visions from Within, and Mind Games: Are We Obsessed with Therapy? and was editor of Child Sexual Abuse and False Memory Syndrome.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 479 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books; First Edition edition (June 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573921823
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573921824
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.6 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 1.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #890,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book is an extremely useful addition to the debate on false allegations of child sexual abuse and false memory syndrome. Far too often, anyone who questions any "suppressed" and "recovered" memories of child sexual abuse is accused of protecting pedophiles and retraumatizing victims, yet research has shown that memories are far more malleable and susceptible to suggestion than one might think. Articles by Michael D. Yapko, author of "Suggestions of Abuse," Elizabeth F. Loftus, author of "The Myth of Repressed Memory," and researchers Stephen J. Ceci and Maggie Bruck are included, among others. If you are serious about researching the issue of false memories of child sexual abuse, this volume will be a valuable addition to your library.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael James on August 16, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Wow, just Wow. I can't believe someone would have the audacity to write such a book. It's like Freud himself came back from the grave to tell Virginia Woolf that drowning herself is a fantastic idea because being sexually abused from age 6 to 21, yes 21, is simply ridiculous.
This book was dreamt up because of the BS term False Memory Syndrome coined by the parents of Dr. Jennifer Freyd because she recounted the sexual abuse by the hands of her Father. She also had her Uncle and Grandmother in her corner. I think it is the Father who is suffering from False Memory Syndrome or Selective Memory Syndrome. Besides how a Mathematician could coin a term in psychology (this syndrome exists nowhere however) is ridiculous and dangerous and should be illegal. Having seen first hand a repressed memory come out from someone close to me and the tears that followed and then the back ups from other family members I KNOW that repressed memories from childhood are F****** real. Parents destroy a child's trust in humans; ergo it takes a very long time for someone to trust again. It took 20 years for the memory to come out because he finally couldn't take A. me knowing something was off with the Father. (Here's a sign for ya: A 30 year old daughter DOES NOT sit on her Father's lap ( a high school teacher) that is just creepy especially dressed sexy. #2 not being able to stand up to the Father when he is a righteous ASS means their is some deep fear going on. I can stand up to my parents with no problem because I wasn't horribly abused; therefore I never developed a fear of them. Do yourselves a favor and read Murray Bowen, Alice Miller, Oliver James "They f***** you up and Blind to Betrayal written by Jennifer Freyd. Come on people where there is smoke there is fire!
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36 of 63 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 15, 1998
Format: Hardcover
It is both sad and maddening to see the term "False Memory Syndrome" receive any credibility in the press, considering what it is alleged to represent. There is no designation of "FMS" in the latest (or any) Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders of the American Psychiatric Association (DSM-IV). FMS is a political/legal term contrived to systematically discredit any and every person alleging to have been sexually molested and to have discovered this by having recovered memories of the abuse later in life.
One of the contributing authors of this book, Elizabeth F. Loftus, ("The Myth of Repressed Memory") has consistently taken the indefensible position that no memory that emerges later in life can be trusted. This means that if I remember a pleasant summer day 40 years ago, it is a 'false memory'. What is suspect about her and others of like view is that *sexual* memories, in particular sexual *abuse* memories, are targetted for vehement discreditation. This says something. It says that someone is very very nervous about the resurfacing of abuse memories buried deep in the mind because of their traumatizing nature. Who would be nervous but those who perpetrated or were accessories to the abuse?
Children are especially susceptible to trauma, particularly from their adults, elders or guardians. Children can heroically and stunningly develop ways to rewrite traumatic events in their minds in order to live with them as they happen or after they happen. It is how they survive such traumas (and it is the reason they are called by the term "abuse survivor"). It is when those rewritten memories are untangled as adults that they hopefully start to get back to the core truth of their original abuse.
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24 of 52 people found the following review helpful By julez62@aol.com on July 7, 1998
Format: Hardcover
The term "False Memory Syndrome" is not a syndrome at all. It is a non-psychological term coined by the "False Memory Syndrome Foundation", whose stated purpose is to support parents who claim to be falsly accused of child abuse.
This book should NOT be read by anyone who has experienced childhood sexual abuse.
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15 of 44 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 15, 1999
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Just from the title of this book is appalling. Maybe the people who supported are abusers themselves and need to discredit the victims so none will be believed. I am survivor and have seen the healing effects in my life. I believe the human mind is more powerful than anyone of us can comprehend. It serves as a mechanism to protect us from the evil doings of mankind. If we could not suppress such evils, I believe many of us would have gone over the edge out of reality. Even though as survivors we function fairly well, many of us would have to agree it not a life would want to keep. I feel through therapy I lives can get better, but for many of us are very being(souls) are damaged beyond repair. I know the emptiness and turmoil I have felt inside for years how dare you discredit that. Who the hell are you?? Survivors please don't go near this book, believe in yourself and heal.
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