Joining and leaving a new religious movement: A study of ex-members’ mental health

  title={Joining and leaving a new religious movement: A study of ex-members’ mental health},
  author={Coralie Buxant and Vassilis Saroglou},
  journal={Mental Health, Religion \& Culture},
  pages={251 - 271}
The impact of membership in new, often socially contested, religious movements (NRMs) on mental health of members and ex-members is still a controversial question in the psychological literature. In the present study, we interviewed 20 ex-members of various NRMs who also completed questionnaires measuring several cognitive (need for closure, world assumptions) and affective-emotional (parental and adult attachment, social relationships, depression) constructs. Ex-members were then compared with… 
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