Self-Reported Memory for Abuse Depends Upon Victim-Perpetrator Relationship

Jennifer J. Freyd, Anne P. Deprince, Eileen L. Zurbriggen
2001 Journal of Trauma & Dissociation  
We present preliminary results from the Betrayal Trauma Inventory (BTI) testing predictions from betrayal trauma theory (Freyd, 1994 (Freyd, , 1996 about the relationship between amnesia and betrayal by a caregiver. The BTI assesses trauma history using behaviorally defined events in the domains of sexual, physical, and emotional childhood abuse, as well as other lifetime traumatic events. When participants endorse an abuse experience, follow-up questions assess a variety of factors including
more » ... factors including memory impairment and perpetrator relationship. Preliminary results support our prediction that abuse perpetrated by a caregiver is related to less persistent memories of abuse. This relationship is significant for sexual and Jennifer J. Freyd and Anne P. DePrince are affiliated with the
doi:10.1300/j229v02n03_02 fatcat:shiyau6ucffrnaxcm67ui7wyge