Children's basic memory processes, stress, and maltreatment

Mark L. Howe, Dante Cicchetti, Sheree L. Toth

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Building upon methods and research utilized with normative populations, we examine extant assumptions regarding the effects of child maltreatment on memory. The effects of stress on basic memory processes is examined, and potential neurobiological changes relevant to memory development are examined. The impact of maltreatment-related sequelae (including dissociation and depression) on basic memory processes as well as false memories and suggestibility are also outlined. Although there is a clear need for additional research, the investigations that do exist reveal that maltreated children's basic memory processes are not reliably different from that of other, nonmaltreated children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)759-769
Number of pages11
JournalDevelopment and psychopathology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2006


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