Recall of childhood trauma: a prospective study of women's memories of child sexual abuse.

@article{Williams1994RecallOC,
  title={Recall of childhood trauma: a prospective study of women's memories of child sexual abuse.},
  author={Linda M Williams},
  journal={Journal of consulting and clinical psychology},
  year={1994},
  volume={62 6},
  pages={
          1167-76
        }
}
  • L. Williams
  • Published 1 December 1994
  • Psychology
  • Journal of consulting and clinical psychology
One hundred twenty-nine women with previously documented histories of sexual victimization in childhood were interviewed and asked detailed questions about their abuse histories to answer the question "Do people actually forget traumatic events such as child sexual abuse, and if so, how common is such forgetting?" A large proportion of the women (38%) did not recall the abuse that had been reported 17 years earlier. Women who were younger at the time of the abuse and those who were molested by… 

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