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Book Review
December 1998

Severe Stress and Mental Disturbance in Children

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edited by Cynthia R. Pfeffer, MD, 673 pp, $69.95, Washington, DC, American Psychiatric Press Inc, 1996.


Copyright 1998 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.1998

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1998;55(12):1143. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.55.12.1143

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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