False Memory Syndrome in Parental Alienation Syndrome

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Jeapordy in the Courtroom

False Memory Syndrome sometimes occurs in Parental Alienation Syndrome. Difficult for many to comprehend, false memory syndrome has been documented in an award-winning book Jeopardy in the Courtroom, published by the American Psychological Association and written by Dr. Stephen Ceci and Dr. Maggie Bruck.  Jeopardy in the Courtroom describes studies that reveal how repeated questioning and interviewing of children can lead to false memories and false allegations.

In one study children were asked repeatedly to think about whether events (that had actually never happened to them) had happened – for example, getting their finger caught in a mousetrap and going to the hospital to remove the trap. After ten sessions of repeated questioning, more than half the children told false stories about such events. In fact, their stories were so embellished with details that experts could not distinguish real events from those that were not. Even after researchers told…

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