Cultural Scripts, Memories of Childhood Abuse, and Multiple Identities: A Study of Role-Played Enactments
This study compared the reports of Satanic, sexual, and physical abuse of persons instructed to role-play either dissociative identity disorder (DID) (n = 33), major depression (n = 33), or a college student who experienced minor adjustment problems (“normal”) (n = 33) across a number of trials that included role-played hypnosis. As hypothesized, more of the participants who were asked to role-play DID reported at least one instance of satanic ritual abuse and sexual abuse compared with those who role-played depression or a college student with minor adjustment problems. DID role-players reported more incidents of sexual abuse and more severe physical and sexual abuse than did the major depression role-players. Further, the DID role-players differed from the normal role-players on all the measures of frequency and severity of physical and sexual abuse. Participants in all groups reported more frequent and severe incidents of physical abuse after role-played hypnosis than they did prior to it.
International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, Volume 50, Issue 1, 2002, pages 67-85.
Stafford, J., & Lynn, S. J. (2002). Cultural scripts, memories of childhood abuse, and multiple identities: A study of role-played enactments. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis,50(1), 67-85.
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This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 2002, © Taylor & Francis, available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/00207140208410091