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A comparison of flashbacks and ordinary autobiographical memories of trauma: content and language

Hellawell, SJ; Brewin, CR; (2004) A comparison of flashbacks and ordinary autobiographical memories of trauma: content and language. BEHAV RES THER , 42 (1) 1 - 12. 10.1016/S0005-7967(03)00088-3.

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Abstract

We investigated hypotheses derived from the dual representation theory of posttraumatic stress disorder, which proposes that flashbacks and ordinary memories of trauma are supported by different types of representation. Sixty-two participants meeting diagnostic criteria for posttraumatic stress disorder completed a detailed written trauma narrative, and afterwards identified those sections in the narrative that had been written in flashback and ordinary memory periods. As predicted, flashback periods were characterised by greater use of detail, particularly perceptual detail, by more mentions of death, more use of the present tense, and more mention of fear, helplessness, and horror. In contrast, ordinary memory sections were characterised by more mention of secondary emotions such as guilt and anger. (C) 2003 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Type: Article
Title: A comparison of flashbacks and ordinary autobiographical memories of trauma: content and language
DOI: 10.1016/S0005-7967(03)00088-3
Keywords: memory, PTSD, trauma, flashback, narrative, POSTTRAUMATIC-STRESS-DISORDER, DEPRESSION, THERAPY, PTSD, RAPE
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/125347
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