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Child Maltreatment and Memory


Gail S. Goodman


University of California, Davis

Jodi Quas


University of California, Irvine - Department of Criminology, Law and Society

Christin M. Ogle


University of California, Davis

January 2010

Annual Review of Psychology, Vol. 61, pp. 325-351, 2010

Abstract:     
Exposure to childhood trauma, especially child maltreatment, has important implications for memory of emotionally distressing experiences. These implications stem from cognitive, socio-emotional, mental health, and neurobiological consequences of maltreatment and can be at least partially explained by current theories concerning the effects of childhood trauma. In this review, two main hypotheses are advanced: (a) Maltreatment in childhood is associated with especially robust memory for emotionally distressing material in many individuals, but (b) maltreatment can impair memory for such material in individuals who defensively avoid it. Support for these hypotheses comes from research on child abuse victims' memory and suggestibility regarding distressing but nonabusive events, memory for child abuse itself, and autobiographical memory. However, more direct investigations are needed to test precisely when and how childhood trauma affects memory for emotionally significant, distressing experiences. Legal implications and future directions are discussed.

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Date posted: June 4, 2010  

Suggested Citation

Goodman, Gail S. and Quas, Jodi and Ogle, Christin M., Child Maltreatment and Memory (January 2010). Annual Review of Psychology, Vol. 61, pp. 325-351, 2010. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1601144 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1146/annurev.psych.093008.100403

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Gail S. Goodman (Contact Author)
University of California, Davis ( email )
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
United States
Jodi Quas
University of California, Irvine - Department of Criminology, Law and Society ( email )
2340 Social Ecology 2, RM
Irvine, CA 92697
Christin M. Ogle
University of California, Davis ( email )
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
United States
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