Recovered Memory of Childhood Sexual Trauma: A Documented Case from a Longitudinal Study

  title={Recovered Memory of Childhood Sexual Trauma: A Documented Case from a Longitudinal Study},
  author={Sunita Duggal and L. Alan Sroufe},
  journal={Journal of Traumatic Stress},
A case of recovered memory of childhood trauma is reported with documented sexual trauma in early childhood, chronicled evidence of the absence of memory for traumatic experience over a period of time, and substantial evidence of ‘spontaneous’ recovery of memory. This account contains the first available prospective report of memory loss in a case in which there is both documented evidence of trauma and evidence of recovery of memory. The case emerged as part of a broadband, large-scale study… Expand
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