From Library Journal
Goldstein, the founder of the Social Issues Resources Series (SIRS) in 1973, suspects that countless adults who undergo therapy come to the mistaken belief that they have been sexually molested by their parents. Unduly influenced by therapists and others, these adults confabulate vivid memories of events that never occurred. Ultimately, families are destroyed. Tragedies such as these indeed occur, and this phenomenon is a side of the child abuse story that needs to be explored. However, a subject as sensitive as this demands objectivity and strong documentation. Unfortunately, this book is a highly subjective denouncement of John Bradshaw (author of Bradshaw on the Family and Healing the Shame That Binds You , both Health Communications, Inc., 1988), Ellen Bass ( The Courage To Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse , LJ 5/15/88), and the feminist and New Age movements. Most of the evidence purporting to demonstrate that "an epidemic of false accusations is occurring" is anecdotal and one-sided, culled from more than 500 responses to an 800 telephone number. Although this book uncovers a potentially important problem, it offers too little documentation to be recommended. Goldstein received the ALA's Intellectual Freedom To Read Foundation Roll of Honor Award in 1992.--Ed.- January Adams, Somerville P.L., N.J.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
chronicles the heavy price being payed by families subjected to the cruel healing process...The laments in Confabulations
are a sharp contrast to the lurid testimonials that pepper self-serving recovery books -- George Paul Csicsery, San Jose Mercury News, Oct. 11, 1992