Linking Thought Suppression and Recovered Memories of Childhood Sexual Abuse

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Title: Linking Thought Suppression and Recovered Memories of Childhood Sexual Abuse
Author: McNally, Richard; Raymaekers, Linsey; Merckelbach, Harald; Jelicic, Marko; Geraerts, Elke

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Citation: Geraerts, Elke, Richard J. McNally, Marko Jelicic, Harald Merckelbach, and Linsey Raymaekers. 2008. Linking thought suppression and recovered memories of childhood sexual abuse. Memory 16(1): 22-28.
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Abstract: There are two types of recovered memories: those that gradually return in recovered memory therapy and those that are spontaneously recovered outside the context of therapy. In the current study, we employed a thought suppression paradigm, with autobiographical experiences as target thoughts, to test whether individuals reporting spontaneously recovered memories of childhood sexual abuse (CSA) are more adept at suppressing positive and anxious autobiographical thoughts, relative to individuals reporting CSA memories recovered in therapy, relative to individuals with continuous abuse memories, and relative to controls reporting no history of abuse. Results showed that people reporting spontaneously recovered memories are superior in suppressing anxious autobiographical thoughts, both in the short term and long term (7 days). Our findings may partly explain why people with spontaneous CSA memories have the subjective impression that they have "repressed" their CSA memories for many years.
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09658210701390628
Citable link to this page: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:3203269

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