Role of Psychiatry in the Phenomenon of Cults

  title={Role of Psychiatry in the Phenomenon of Cults},
  author={Saul V. Levine},
  journal={The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry},
  pages={593 - 603}
  • S. Levine
  • Published 1 November 1979
  • Psychology
  • The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry
Summary Religious cults and particularly their attraction for young people are receiving increased attention. There is currently considerable controversy about the role of governmental bodies in understanding and regulating cults and their effect on members. Regardless of their effect on the members of the cult or movement, particularly new members who are often adolescents, membership in a cult produces severe familial tensions. The cult members often develop opinions and modes of behaviour so… 

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