Recovered Memories of Abuse: Assessment, Therapy, Forensics

Pages: 315
Item #: 4317820
ISBN: 978-1-55798-395-4
List Price: $24.95
Member/Affiliate Price: $19.95
Copyright: 1996
Format: Softcover
Note: This book is out of print and no longer available for purchase.

Research suggests that, in their careers, most therapists will see at least one client who reports "recovered memories." In an arena crowded with polemical works dealing with the validity of recovered memories of childhood sexual abuse, this volume stands out as a voice of reason. An evenhanded account of the social, scientific, and legal context of the debate about recovered memories, this book should be required reading for any mental health professional—therapist, consultant, or expert witness—who might encounter such a client. Readers will benefit from these indispensable guidelines on responding thoughtfully, knowledgeably, and effectively when clients report recovered memories.

The theme of this volume is that of questioning: questioning the validity of research, questioning one's own biases and lapses in logic. One of the authors' goals is to enable the reader to become a more knowledgeable consumer of the scientific investigations that support approaches to assessment and therapy in this area. At the same time, detailed forensic advice makes the reader aware of possible legal issues involved.

Scientific, logically driven: This volume stands alone as an intelligent, practical guide for the mental health professional who might encounter a client reporting recovered memories of childhood sexual abuse.

Table of Contents


  1. Sexual Abuse, Delayed Memories, and Therapy: An Introduction
  2. Science, Memory, and Trauma: A Brief Overview
  3. Clinical and Forensic Work as Questioning: Considering Claims About False Memory
  4. Practicing Safely and Competently
  5. Clinical Work With People Who Report Recovered Memories
  6. Forensic Issues for Therapists and Expert Witnesses



  1. Useful Resources
  2. States With Delayed Discovery Laws
  3. Sample Informed Consent Form for Forensic Assessment When Recovered Memories are an Issue
  4. Informed Consent Issues for Providing Therapy to a Patient When Recovered Memories are an Issue
  5. Therapist's Outline for Frequent Review of Treatment and Treatment Plan When Recovered Memories are an Issue
  6. Outline of Topics for Forensic Preparation
  7. Therapist's Outline for Review Prior to Deposition and Cross-Examination
  8. Cross-Examination Questions for Therapists Who Testify About Recovered Memories of Abuse


About the Authors

Reviews & Awards

As a guide through the sensational turmoil surrounding recovered memories, their book provides a primer in responsible clinical, forensic, and scientific practice…I most appreciate Pope and Brown's book for the essential tension between practical aspects of care and scientific criticism. They provide a brief guide to practice that would be particularly useful to those in training. At the same time, the book provides a valuable illustration of scientific criticism.
—Contemporary Psychology®, 1998, Vol. 43, No. 3