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Psychological Manipulation, cult groups, sects, and new religious movements

AFF conducts, encourages, and contributes to scientific research and writing projects designed to increase the public's and professionals' understanding of how cult victims can be helped and how cults affect individuals, families, and society. Through Project Discover, AFF research associates contribute to key professional books and journals, including AFF's Cultic Studies Journal. AFF conducts, encourages, and contributes to scholarly studies of cult phenomena and related subjects.

AFF's resource center contains more than 12,000 documents, periodicals, books, and audio and videotapes. AFF also provides original reports, analyses, and survey results on cult issues, as well as information packets about specific groups and topics.

AFF's research associates have written and contributed to key books and journals in the fields of psychiatry and psychology, including the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Psychiatric Times, Psychiatric Annals, the Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy, The Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry, and Family Psychology and Systems Therapy: A Handbook. AFF is the major publisher and distributor of cult-related research periodicals, including the Cultic Studies Journal and the newsletter, The Cult Observer.

AFF has an active writing and publishing program. Its books include The Boston Movement: Critical Perspectives on the International Churches of Christ; Recovery from Cults: Help for Victims of Psychological and Spiritual Abuse; Exit Counseling: A Family Intervention; Cults: What Parents Should Know; Satanism and Occult-Related Violence; and Cults on Campus: Continuing Challenge.

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