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Severe Stress and Mental Disturbance in Children

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1998;55(12):1143. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.55.12.1143.
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This is a 21-chapter compendium of research conducted in the past 2 decades on traumatized and stressed children. In an exceptionally instructive epilogue, Peter Tanguay provides a guide to the varied models and approaches of the 55 contributors, emphasizing that they all seem to be exploring essential questions "at the intersection of separate fields." A good example of this, which involves clinical observation and basic neuroscience, is found in the recent progress in cognitive research on explicit memory (readily retrieved) vs implicit memory (habitual or somatic and largely inaccessible). Especially striking is the demonstration of differences in memory encoding under conditions of extreme stress: the cognitive science findings indicate that motivated forgetting (repression) is not the only plausible explanation for the commonly observed gaps in posttraumatic recall.


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