Cult affiliation and disaffiliation: Implications for counseling

Beth Robinson, Ellen M. Frye, Loretta J. Bradley

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Between 2 and 5 million young adults are involved in cult groups in the United States. Psychohistorical influences, family dynamics, and religious values affect an individual’s susceptibility to joining a cult. Cult affiliation affects the cult member and his or her family members. Although cults have high conversion rates, they also have high rates of disaffiliation. Counselors working with those who join and leave cults need to develop an awareness of clinical symptoms associated with doing so and use appropriate interventions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)166-173
Number of pages8
JournalCounseling and Values
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1997


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