Cults and mental health (chapter 153)

Dubrow-Marshall, R ORCID: and Dubrow-Marshall, LJ ORCID: 2015, 'Cults and mental health (chapter 153)' , in: Encyclopedia of mental health, Second edition , Academic Press (Elsevier), Oxford, pp. 393-401.

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Definitions for cultic and high demand groups are explicated, and characteristics are delineated, including Lifton's seminal research on thought reform. Literature is reviewed about common mental health issues which have been found to be associated with the experience of having been in a cultic/high demand/abusive group, including depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress, and dissociation, and the specialist treatment approaches which have been efficacious, including psychoeducational interventions to understand the processes of coercive persuasion and undue influence. Characteristics of cults and mental health in other organisations is considered with recommendations for ethical organisational practice and recovery.

Item Type: Book Section
Editors: Friedman, Howard
Schools: Schools > School of Health Sciences
Publisher: Academic Press (Elsevier)
ISBN: 9780123977533
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Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: Dr Linda Dubrow-Marshall
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2015 10:53
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2022 20:07

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