What Scientific Research is Relevant to Cults?
There is a growing body of research that
attempts to develop and/or apply instruments that measure the abusiveness of
group environments, including cults.
A number of research studies have looked at
prevalence and suggest that approximately one percent of the population has had
some kind of cult involvement.
A number of studies have explored the
psychological distress of former group members.
Other than research conducted at Wellspring
Retreat and Resource Center, a residential facility for ex-cult members, there
is little formal research on the effectiveness of treatment of former group
There is very little research on the experiences
and needs of families concerned about a loved one in a group.
Academic disputes between so-called
"pro" and "anti" cultists have died down in recent years
and there is increasing communication between sociologists and mental health