17 avril 2008

Parental Responses to Their Children's Cult Membership

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Cultic Studies Jounal

Parental Responses to Children's Cult Membership

Description: By Lita Linzer Schwartz, Ph.D.


Most of the literature published on today's "new religious movements," or "cults," has paid scant attention to the parents of cult members. The author's surveys of parents of ex-cult members, together with published accounts and the perceptions of professionals in the field, reveal parents' initial emotional reactions to their children's cult involvement and the actions they subsequently took -- deprogramming, court-ordered guardianship, exit counseling, law suits, and family therapy. The author concludes with advice about how parents can more effectively deal with the experience.

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