Psychological Manipulation, cult
groups, sects, and new religious movements
AFF has recently released four important publications: (1)
the American Bar Association report, Cults in American Society: A Legal
Analysis of undue Influence, Fraud and Misrepresentation; (2) The Boston Movement: Critical Perspectives on the
International Churches of Christ (edited by Carol Giambalvo and
Herbert Rosedale); (3) a second, revised edition of Carol Giambalvo's Exit Counseling: A Family Intervention;
(4) a revised edition of Marcia Rudin's Cults on Campus.
As part of Project Outreach, AFF launched the bimonthly
newsletter, AFF News.
Edited by Patrick Ryan,
this newsletter seeks to introduce AFF resources to former cult members and others
who have never contacted AFF.
AFF director Dr. Edward Lottick
prepared a cover-page article about cults published in the July 1995 issue of Pennsylvania
Medicine. Included in the issue was a special insert for physicians and an insert
for physicians to give to their patients.
AFF's Executive Director, Dr. Michael Langone,
who was named the 1995 Albert V. Danielsen Visiting Scholar at Boston University,
completed a report on a research study in which he compared former members of the Boston
Movement, Roman Catholicism, and a mainstream campus ministry on two
dimensions: (1) ratings of their former group's psychological
abusiveness, and (2) psychological distress. Former Boston Movement subjects
scored significantly higher on both dimensions. A summary report of this study will soon
be published in the Cult
In June 1995, AFF president, Herbert L. Rosedale, Esq.,
delivered a commencement address to the graduating class of the State University of New
York's Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome, "Promises and Illusions"
(printed in Cultic Studies Journal, Volume 11, Number 2).
In October 1995, AFF conducted a joint conference with
Denver Seminary; "Recovery From Cults: A Pastoral/ Psychological Dialogue,"
which brought together secular and religious professionals concerned about cultic
abuses. Edited transcripts and prepared papers from this conference will be published in a
future Cultic Studies Journal.
Professional talks in 1995 &'96 were given to a number
of organizations, including:
New York City's New School for Social Research
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
The American Psychological Association
The U.S. Congress on Psychiatry and Mental Health
University of Massachusetts
Association of Entrepreneurial Education
Did you know?
Cults are a worldwide problem. European concerns about
cults led to the European Parliament's passing a Resolution on Cults in 1984 (reprinted in
AFF's Cultic Studies Journal), to three international conferences on cults,
and to a report by the Council of Europe (reprinted in Cultic Studies Journal).
The French government has twice studied the cult problem and issued book-length reports on
the problem in France. Similar reports have been issued in Germany. Even in Latin America,
cults have generated considerable concern. Cultic Studies Journal has
published two articles on the cult problem in Latin America.