Psychological and sociological studies of members and former members

Adams, Donna L. 2008. “Contemplative Cults, Time Spent in a Cult and Dissociation and Depression in Former Members”, PhD thesis, Department of Counseling and Higher Education and the College of Education, Ohio University. Open access.

Almendros, Carmen; Carrobles, José Antonio; Rodríguez-Carballeira, Álvaro & Gámez-Guadix, Manuel. 2009. “Reasons for Leaving: Psychological Abuse and Distress Reported by Former Members of Cultic Groups”, Cultic Studies Review 8(2):111-138. Online version: Open access.

Aronoff, Jodi; Lynn, Steven Jay & Malinoski, Peter. 2000. “Are Cultic Environments Psychologically Harmful?”, Clinical Psychology Review 20(1):91–111. Abstract only; full-text paid access.

Bardin, Livia. 2009. “Recognizing and Working with an Underserved Culture: Child Protection and Cults”, Journal of Public Child Welfare 3(2):114–138. Abstract only; full-text paid access.

Boeri, Miriam Williams. 2002. “Women after the Utopia: The Gendered Lives of Former Cult Members”, Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 31(3):323-360. Abstract only; full-text paid access.

Bosgraaf, Emke. 2012. “Breaking the Will: Relations between Mental Mortification in Monastic Life and the Psychological Abuse of Children in Catholic institutions”, Mental Health, Religion & Culture, DOI:10.1080/13674676.2012.706271. Abstract only; full-text paid access.

Buxant, Coralie; Saroglou, Vassilis; Casalfiore, Stefania & Christians, Louis-Léon. 2007. “Cognitive and Emotional Characteristics of New Religious Movement Members: New Questions and Data on the Mental Health Issue”, Mental Health, Religion, and Culture 10(3):219-238. Free download available on author’s institutional webpage.

Buxant, Coralie & Saroglou, Vassilis. 2008a. “Feeling Good, but Lacking Autonomy: Closed-Mindedness on Social and Moral Issues in New Religious Movements”, Journal of Religion and Health 47(1):17-31. Free download available on author’s institutional webpage.

Buxant, Coralie, & Saroglou, Vassilis. 2008b. “Joining and Leaving a New Religious Movement: A Study on Ex-Members’ Mental Health”, Mental Health, Religion, and Culture 11(3):251-271. Free download available on author’s institutional webpage.

Chambers, William V.; Langone, Michael D.; Dole, Arthur A., & Grice, James W. 1994. “The Group Psychological Abuse Scale: A Measure of the Varieties of Cultic Abuse”, Cultic Studies Journal 11(1):88-117. Online version: Open access.

Chambers, William V.; Langone, Michael D. & Malinoski, Peter. 1996. “The Group Psychological Abuse Scale”, presented to Division 36 (Psychology of Religion) American Psychological Association Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada, 12 August 1996. Online version: Open access.

Coates, Dominiek D. 2010. “Post-Involvement Difficulties Experienced by Former Members of Charismatic Groups”, Journal of Religion & Health 49(3):296–310. Abstract only; full-text paid access.

Coates, Dominiek D. 2011. “Counselling Former Members of Charismatic Groups: Considering Pre-Involvement Variables, Reasons for Joining the Group and Corresponding Values”, Mental Health, Religion & Culture 14(3):191-207. Abstract only; full-text paid access.

Coates, Dominiek D. 2012. “‘Cult Commitment’ from the Perspective of Former Members: Direct Rewards of Membership versus Dependency Inducing Practices”, Deviant Behavior 33(3):168-184. Abstract only; full-text paid access.

Davidman, Lynn & Greil, Arthur L. 2007. “Characters in Search of a Script: The Exit Narratives of Formerly Ultra-Orthodox Jews”, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 46(2):201–216. Abstract only; full-text paid access.

Durocher, Nicole. 1999. “Insights from Cult Survivors regarding Group Support”, The British Journal of Social Work 29(4):581-599. Abstract only; full-text paid access.

Gasde, Irene & Block, Richard, A. 1998. “Cult Experience: Psychological Abuse, Distress, Personality Characteristics, and Changes in Personal Relationships Reported by Former Members of the Church Universal and Triumphant”, Cultic Studies Journal 15(2):192-221. Online version: Open access.

Gibson, Kerry; Morgan, Mandy; Woolley, Cheryl & Powis, Tracey. 2010. A Different Kind of Family: Retrospective Accounts of Growing up at Centrepoint and Implications for Adulthood. Palmerston North, N.Z.: Massey University. Open access.

Gibson, Kerry; Morgan, Mandy; Woolley, Cheryl & Powis, Tracey. 2011. “Life after Centrepoint: Accounts of Adult Adjustment after Childhood Spent at an Experimental Community”, New Zealand Journal of Psychology 40(3):41-51. Open access.

Lalich, Janja A. 2004. Bounded Choice: True Believers and Charismatic Cults. Berkeley & Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press. Preview only; full-text paid access.

Lalich, Janja & Tobias, Madeleine. 2006 (second edition, revised and expanded). Take Back Your Life: Recovering from Cults and Abusive Relationships. Berkeley, California: Bay Tree Publishing. Preview only; full-text paid access.

Langone, Michael, D. 2006. “Psychological Abuse: Theoretical and Measurement Issues”, ICSA E-Newsletter 5(1), February 2006. Online version: Open access.

Latta, Susan L. 2011. “Adult Children of Cults: The Experiences of Individuals Born and Raised in a Cult as They Transition into Mainstream Society”, M.A. thesis in Social Science, California State University. Open access.

Lottick, Edward A. 2008. “Psychologist Survey Regarding Cults”, Cultic Studies Review 7(1):1-19. Online version: Open access.

Mapel, Tim. 2007. “The Adjustment Process of Ex-Buddhist Monks to Life after the Monastery”, Journal of Religion and Health 46(1):19-34. Abstract only; full-text paid access.

Namini, Sussan; Appel, Claudia; Jürgensen, Ralph & Murken, Sebastian. 2010. “How is Well-Being Related to Membership in New Religious Movements? An Application of Person-Environment Fit Theory”, Applied Psychology: An International Review 59(2):181-201. Abstract only; full-text paid access.

Namini, S., & Murken, S. 2009. “Self-Chosen Involvement in New Religious Movements (NRMs): Well-Being and Mental Health from a Longitudinal Perspective”, Mental Health, Religion & Culture 12(6):561–585. Abstract only; full-text paid access.

Salande, Joseph D. & Perkins, David R. 2011. “An Object Relations Approach to Cult Membership”, American Journal of Psychotherapy 65(4):381-391. Abstract only; full-text paid access.

Shaw, Daniel. 2003. “Traumatic Abuse in Cults: A Psychoanalytic Perspective”, Cultic Studies Review 2(2):101-129. Free download available on author’s website.

Shields, Leland E. & Carter, F. Jeri. 2001. “Healing from Experiences with Unhealthy Spiritual Groups and Cults: Treatment Using Myths and Folk Tales”, Cultic Studies Journal 18(2):109-139. Free download available on author’s website.

Ward, David J. 2011. “The Lived Experience of Spiritual Abuse”, Mental Health, Religion & Culture 14(9):899-915. Abstract only; full-text paid access.

Whitsett, Doni & Kent, Stephen A. 2003. “Cults and Families”, Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Human Services 84(4):491-502. Free download available on author’s institutional webpage.

Wright, Stuart A. 1991. “Reconceptualizing Cult Coercion and Withdrawal: A Comparative Analysis of Divorce and Apostasy”, Social Forces 70(1):125–145. Abstract only; full-text paid access.

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