A comparison of normal forgetting, psychopathology, and information-processing models of reported amnesia for recent sexual trauma.

Journal Article (Clinical Trial;Journal Article)

This study assessed memories for sexual trauma in a nontreatment-seeking sample of recent rape victims and considered competing explanations for failed recall. Participants were 92 female rape victims assessed within 2 weeks of the rape; 62 were also assessed 3 months postassault. Memory deficits for parts of the rape were common 2 weeks postassault (37%) but improved over the 3-month window studied (16% still partially amnesic). Hypotheses evaluated competing models of explanation that may account for reported recall deficits. Results are most consistent with information-processing models of traumatic memory.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Mechanic, MB; Resick, PA; Griffin, MG

Published Date

  • December 1998

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 66 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 948 - 957

PubMed ID

  • 9874908

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC2966337

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-006X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1037//0022-006x.66.6.948


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States