Year: 1997 Source: Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, v.65, no.5, (October 1997), p.811-820 SIEC No: 20010714

A random sample of 724 individuals across the United States were mailed a questionnaire containing demographic information, an abridged version of the Traumatic Events Survey, & questions regarding memory for traumatic events. 505 surveys were completed. Among respondents who reported some form of trauma (72%), delayed recall of the event was reported by 32%. This phenomenon was most common among individuals who observed the murder or suicide of a family member, sexual abuse survivors, & combat veterans. The severity of the trauma was predictive of memory status but demographic variables were not. The most commonly reported trigger to recall of the trauma was some form of media presentation whereas psychotherapy was the least commonly reported trigger. (53 refs.)