Second-Generation Adult Former Cult Group Members’ Recovery Experiences: Implications for Counseling

ORIGINAL ARTICLE

Abstract

Cult survivors experience psychological challenges after leaving a cult, and reintegration into society can be a difficult process. Children who are born and raised in cults face additional challenges (e.g., effects of abuse and neglect, attachment disorders, and lack of education). Scant attention has been paid in the literature to the experiences and treatment needs of these second-generation cult survivors. In this study, the experiences of 15 second-generation adult former cult members were explored involving constructivist grounded theory and a social justice-focused inquiry. Findings hold promise for increasing counselors’ understanding of former cult members’ experiences, needs, and concerns, supporting competent counseling practice with this population.

Keywords

High intensity faith groups Cult recovery Second-generation cult survivors Children in cults 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychology, Counseling, and Special EducationTexas A&M University-CommerceCommerceUSA

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