Number 2 - Spring 1991


Child Witness: Cognitive and Social Factors Related to Memory and Testimony
Stephen J. Lepore

The Essentials of Child Abuse Investigation and Child Interviews
Lawrence W. Daly

Ambiguity, Barriers, and Contradictions: The ABCs of Child Abuse Allegations
James C. Overholser

Crisis in Education: False Allegations of Child Abuse
Jane Maxson

The Dynamic of Shame in Interactions Between Child Protective Services and Families Falsely Accused of Child Abuse
Sabrina Luza & Enrique Ortiz

Book Reviews:

Witness for the Defense
(by Elizabeth Loftus and Katherine Ketcham)
Reviewed by Hollida Wakefield and Ralph Underwager

Outrage: The Story Behind the Twana Brawley Hoax
(by Robert D. McFadden, Ralph Blumenthal, M.A. Farber, E.R. Shipp, Charles Strum, and Craig Wolff)
Reviewed by LeRoy G. Schultz

Understanding Child Sexual Maltreatment
(by Kathleen Coulborn Faller)
Reviewed by Ralph Underwager

Drug Therapy for Behavior Disorders: An Introduction
(by Alan Poling, Kenneth D. Gadow, and James Cleary)
Reviewed by Ralph Underwager

Vulnerable Populations, Volume 2
(by Suzanne M. Sgroi)
Reviewed by Ralph Underwager

A Childhood Memory

".... one of my first memories would date, if it were true, from my second year.  I can still see, most clearly, the following scene, in which I believed until I was about fifteen.  I was sitting in my pram, which my nurse was pushing in the Champs Elysees, when a man tried to kidnap me.  I was held in by the strap fastened around me while my nurse bravely tried to stand between me and the thief.  She received various scratches, and I can still see vaguely those on her face.  Then a crowd gathered, a policeman with a short cloak and a white baton came up, and the man took to his heels.  I can still see the whole scene, and can even place it near the tube station.

When I was about fifteen, my parents received a letter from my former nurse saying that she had been converted to the Salvation Army.  She wanted to confess her past faults, and in particular to return the watch she had been given as a reward on this occasion.  She had made up the whole story, faking the scratches.  I, therefore, must have heard, as a child, the account of this story, which my parents believed, and projected into the past in the form of a visual memory."

Jean Piaget, in Plays, Dreams, and Imitation in Childhood (Paperback).  Reported in Elizabeth Loftus and Katherine Ketcham, Witness for the Defense (Hardcover)(Paperback). New York: St. Martin's Press.



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