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PSYCHOPATHOLOGY AND EARLY EXPERIENCE - A REAPPRAISAL OF RETROSPECTIVE REPORTS

BREWIN, CR; ANDREWS, B; GOTLIB, IH; (1993) PSYCHOPATHOLOGY AND EARLY EXPERIENCE - A REAPPRAISAL OF RETROSPECTIVE REPORTS. PSYCHOL BULL , 113 (1) 82 - 98.

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Abstract

Three potential sources of error in retrospective reports of childhood experiences are documented: low reliability and validity of autobiographical memory in general, the presence of general memory impairment associated with psychopathology, and the presence of specific mood-congruent memory biases associated with psychopathology The evidence reviewed suggests that claims concerning the general unreliability of retrospective reports are exaggerated and that there is little reason to link psychiatric status with less reliable or less valid recall of early experiences. Nevertheless, it is clear that steps must be taken to overcome the limitations of retrospective reports and enhance their reliability

Type: Article
Title: PSYCHOPATHOLOGY AND EARLY EXPERIENCE - A REAPPRAISAL OF RETROSPECTIVE REPORTS
Keywords: ADEQUATE PARENTAL CARE, ADULT DEPRESSION, FLASHBULB MEMORIES, MARITAL VIOLENCE, SEXUAL ABUSE, PSYCHIATRIC-DISORDER, CLINICAL DEPRESSION, CHILD RELATIONS, MOOD STATES, ANXIETY
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/170204
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