Retrieving, assessing, and classifying traumatic memories:  A preliminary report on three case studies of a new standardized method

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The study of traumatic memories is still an emerging field, both methodologically and theoretically. Previous questionnaire and interview methods for studying traumatic memories have been limited in their ability to evoke and assess remembrances with the characteristics long observed by clinicians. In this article, we introduce a new standardized method that incorporates a laboratory procedure for retrieving memories of traumatic events and a clinically informed measure for assessing these memories' characteristics. We present three case studies to demonstrate the data yielded by script-driven remembering and the Traumatic Memory Inventory - Post-Script Version (TMI-PS). We then discuss subjects' script-driven remembrances in terms of methodology, theoretical classification of traumatic memories, and the interplay between the two. Finally, we critique our method in detail and offer suggestions for future research. If validated as a method for evoking and assessing traumatic memories, and shown to yield reliable data, this integrative method shows great promise for advancing both clinical and cognitive research on traumatic memories.

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English

Author(s)

James W. Hopper
Bessel A. van der Kolk

Original Work Citation

Hopper, J. W., & van der Kolk, B. A. (2001). Retrieving, assessing, and classifying traumatic memories: A preliminary report on three case studies of a new standardized method. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma, 4(2), 33-71. doi:10.1300/J146v04n02_03

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“Retrieving, assessing, and classifying traumatic memories:  A preliminary report on three case studies of a new standardized method,” Francine Shapiro Library, accessed October 28, 2020, https://emdria.omeka.net/items/show/16082.

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