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Showing 2 posts from October 2009.

Recovering Convenient Memories

Posted In Child Abuse

Two New Jersey men claim to have recovered memories of sexual abuse that they suffered more than 60 years. Yes, 60 years. I tend to be skeptical about claims of recovered memories, but this one is particularly hard for me to believe. According to an article in the Star-Ledger, one man says that his repressed memory broke through "after he learned on television, in October 2004, that the Newark Archdiocese had settled with victims of sex abuse for $1 million without acknowledging wrongdoing."

But of course.  That's how all repressed memories work.

Hat tip: Tillers on Evidence and Inference

Evidence-Based Training for Psychotherapists

The next issue of Psychological Science in the Public Interest has a provocative article arguing for training psychotherapists in evidence-based treatment protocols.  As one would expect, it has drawn a lot of both support and criticism.  I, for one, am glad to see the field addressing the question of why so many therapists continue to ignore therapies that studies have shown to be effective.

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