Never had so many views!
Whats so interesting? I will do more research.
Amnesia for childhood sexual abuse is a condition.
The existence of this condition is beyond dispute.
Repression is merely one explanation
– often a confusing and misleading one –
for what causes the condition of amnesia.
Some people sexually abused in childhood
will have periods of amnesia for their abuse,
followed by experiences of delayed recall.
These questions lie at the heart of the memory of childhood abuse issue. Experts in the field of memory and trauma can provide some answers, but clearly more study and research are needed. What we do know is that both memory researchers and clinicians who work with trauma victims agree that both phenomena occur. However, experienced clinical psychologists state that the phenomenon of a recovered memory is rare (e.g., one experienced practitioner reported having a recovered memory arise only once in 20 years of practice). Also, although laboratory studies have shown that memory is often inaccurate and can be influenced by outside factors, memory research usually takes place either in a laboratory or some everyday setting. For ethical and humanitarian reasons, memory researchers do not subject people to a traumatic event in order to test their memory of it. Because the issue has not been directly studied, we can not know whether a memory of a traumatic event is encoded and stored differently from a memory of a nontraumatic event.
Characteristics of children’s memory for a trauma and for a positive event were compared and relationships of memory characteristics to trauma symptoms examined in 30 children who experienced a traumatic event. Results revealed that memories for trauma tended to have less sensory detail and coherence, yet have more meaning and impact than did memories for positive experiences. Sexual traumas, offender relationship, and perceived life threat were associated with memory characteristics. Few relationships between memory characteristics and trauma symptoms were found. Therapist ratings of child memory characteristics were correlated with some child trauma memory characteristic reports. These results are consistent with other studies. Possible explanations include divided attention during the traumatic event and cognitive avoidance occurring after the event.
Bremner, J. D., Krystal, J. H., Charney, D. S., & Southwick, S. M. (1996). Neural mechanisms in dissociative amnesia for childhood abuse: Relevance to the current controversy surrounding the “false memory syndrome.” The American Journal of Psychiatry, 153, 71-82. (Department of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT.)
The popular press has reported many stories about adults who suddenly remember having been abused as children. Some media reports have emphasized the unusual circumstances or content of such recovered memories while other reports have declared that the “recovery” of memories of abuse is false for a variety of reasons. Little in the press, however, has dealt with the science relating to memories of childhood trauma.
Is it Possible to Forget Childhood Trauma?
People forget names, dates, faces and even entire events all the time. But is it possible to forget terrible experiences such as being raped? Or beaten? The answer is yes – under certain circumstances. For more than a hundred years, doctors, scientists and other observers have reported the connection between trauma and forgetting. But only in the past 10 years have scientific studies demonstrated a connection between childhood trauma and amnesia.
Do you have a child?
Sit and close your eyes.
Imagine what it is going to be like in 10 years time.
Will they be going to school? Will they be going to university? Will they be going to work?
Birthdays, Christmas, Holidays, Special occassions!!!!
Now open your eyes and think about?
They are no longer there!!!
What will you do when its their birthday?
How will you get through Christmas?
Who will you buy presents for?
When they are sick who’s going to care for them?
When they need you who’s going to comfort them?
As they grow up who will guide them?
Who will do everything for them you did as a child?
How can you re capture those moments?
When they get married?
When they have children?
When they really need you?
Who will be there??????????????
It has been so long I have forgotten!!!!!!
What can I do?
How do they feel?
Who am I?
Am I still a parent?
Its been so long!!!!!!!!!
Parental alienation resources for parents and children experiencing the devasting effects of PA and PAS.
Source: Parental Alienation – Keeping Families Connected
Percentage of children living with both birth parents – (a little out of date but all the information I could find)
The estimated percentage of children living with both birth parents where the parents report happiness or unhappiness in their relationship
- Estimates are of the proportion of children living with both birth parents that live in families where the parents report a happy relationship, and where parents report an unhappy relationship.
Estimates we present are based on parents self-reported level of happiness with their relationship, all things considered. A relationship is classified as unhappy based on it being reported as ‘extremely unhappy’, ‘fairly unhappy’ or ‘a little unhappy’. Where each parent within a couple responded but gave different answers, we use the answer of the least happy parent. Where only one parent within the couple responded, the happiness of the relationship has been classified according to that reply. It is recognised that this has the potential to introduce some degree of bias where relationships classified as happy would have been classified differently if the non-responding partner was unhappy. An analysis of cases where both partners answered suggests that in 88% of cases they would have been classified in the same way irrespective of which partners response we relied upon. Our overall judgment is that the potential bias introduced by our choice of treatment of such cases is likely to be small.
We also observe that there are a significant number of cases where no answer is given to the question on relationship happiness in the survey. Twenty-one per cent of children living with both birth parents have no data for parental relationship happiness available. We look to reflect this uncertainty in our estimates by providing ranges. In one estimate we assume all parents of those children with missing data have a happy relationship, while in the other estimate we assume all parents of those children with missing data have an unhappy relationship. In addition, we present confidence intervals at the 95% confidence level.
see attached table on the attached document Children_both_parents_income_FINAL