U-turn on memory lane

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Author: Mike Stanton
Date: July-August 1997
From: Columbia Journalism Review(Vol. 36, Issue 2)
Publisher: Columbia University, Graduate School of Journalism
Document Type: Article
Length: 3,954 words

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The press has reversed its view on the credibility of recovered memory, largely due to efforts by the False Memory Syndrome Foundation started by Peter and Pamela Freyd. In 1991, over 80% of media coverage treated recovered memory of sexual abuse as reliable, but by 1994, over 80% of the stories on this issue focused on false accusations. Peter Freyd was accused in 1992 by his daughter Jennifer of childhood sexual abuse, "memories" the parents feel were created by Jennifer's therapist. Many journalists feel the media's responsibility is to present balanced discourse on this issue.

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Gale Document Number: GALE|A19616668