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Michael Freeman

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199272235

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199272235.001.0001

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Repressed Memory Revisited: Popular Culture’s Impact on the Law—Psychotherapy Debate

Repressed Memory Revisited: Popular Culture’s Impact on the Law—Psychotherapy Debate

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(p.404) Repressed Memory Revisited: Popular Culture’s Impact on the Law—Psychotherapy Debate
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Law and Popular Culture
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Stuart Weinstein

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199272235.003.0024

This chapter criticizes the reluctance of US authorities to give credence to claims of childhood sexual abuse that arise from the efforts of psychotherapists working with their patients to uncover repressed memories. It suggests that this reluctance is a direct response to prevailing sentiment in popular culture which doubts that psychotherapists can play any useful role in unravelling suppressed memories of alleged events of childhood sexual abuse. It stresses the need for law to reach out to save psychotherapy from its own self-inflicted wounds by forcing psychotherapy to get in line with the popular culture.

Keywords:   child sexual abuse, psychotherapy, repressed memory, popular culture, law

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