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Post-Cult Symptoms As Measured by the MCMI Before and After Residential
Two groups of former cultists were administered the MCMI and other psychological
tests in order to assess the nature and magnitude of post-cult psychological
problems. One group consisted of 13 former cultists who attended an educational
conference on cults. The other group was made up of Ill former cultists who
attended a residential treatment center. In order to evaluate the effectiveness
of this treatment, 66 members of the latter group participated in a six-month
followup. Post-cult distress at initial testing was high and did not differ
between groups. Pre-post evaluations of the treatment group indicated a strong
treatment effect. Marked personality configuration shifts in the MCMI profile
after treatment occurred. Results appear to support the view that dissociative
processes are central to the cult experience.
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