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Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

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Dr. Reid

Abstract

This paper explores the theory that individuals that suffer from mental health disorders are at an increased risk for recruitment by cults. Chambers et. al. (1994) define cults as groups that often exploit members psychosocially and/or financially, typically by making members comply with leadership’s demands through certain types of psychological manipulation, popularly called mind control, and through the inculcation of deep-seated anxious dependence on the group and its leaders. (Chambers, Langone, Dole, & Grive, 1994) This paper examines published reports of assessments of former cult members to explore the mental health status of individuals at the time of cult recruitment

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