Psychotherapist factors as predictors of client memory recovery of childhood sexual abuse following a period of amnesia were investigated. Marriage and family therapists and clinical psychologists in California were surveyed regarding the degree of research emphasis in academic training, knowledge of memory processes and professional standards of care regarding memory recovery in psychotherapy, degree of ambiguity tolerance, use of memory recovery techniques and client memory recovery. Therapists with greater research emphasis in academic training reported having fewer clients with memory recovery. Also, therapists who were intolerant of ambiguity used memory recovery techniques more than did therapists who were tolerant. Finally, increased therapist use of techniques was correlated with increased numbers of clients with memory recovery. Findings suggest that therapist characteristics appear to play some role in therapist use of techniques and client memory recovery. The extent of that role remains unclear. Limitations of the research project are discussed and suggestions for future research explored.
Janet L. Sonne
Mark G. Haviland
Kelly R. Morton
Master of Arts (MA)
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Memory; Psychotherapy; Amnesia -- therapy
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Young, Tami Lorraine, "Therapist Factors as Predictors of the Experience of Memory Recovery in Psychotherapy" (2000). Loma Linda University Electronic Theses, Dissertations & Projects. 1678.
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