Child Custody

Priority resources are bolded.

Child Custody and Cults. Michael D. Langone, Ph.D. Cult Observer, 1995, 12(2). 

Child Fatalities from Religion-Motivated Neglect. Seth M. Asser, M.D. & Rita Swan, Ph.D. Cultic Studies Journal, 17, 2000, 1-14. 

Child Protection in an Authoritarian Community: Culture Clash and Systemic Weakness. Livia Bardin, M.S.W.Cultic Studies Review, 4(3), 2005, 233-267. 

Children and Cults.  Michael D. Langone & Gary Eisenberg.  In Michael D. Langone (Ed). Recovery From Cults: Help for Victims of Psychological and Spiritual Abuse.  Norton, 1993.

Children and Cults: A Practical Guide. Susan Landa. Journal of Family Law, 29(3), 1990-91. 

Cultic Crimes in North America (Power Point Presentation). Michael Langone. 

Cults in American Society:  A Legal Analysis of Undue Influence, Fraud, and Misrepresentation. David Hominek.  Cultic Studies Journal, 12(1), 1995, 1-48. 

Cults in Court. Sarah Van Hoey. Cultic Studies Journal, 8(1), 1991, 61-79. 

Cults, Extremist Movements, and the Child Custody Evaluation. Steve K. D. Eichel, PhD, ABPP

Current Status of Federal Law Concerning Violent Crimes Against Women and Children. Robin Boyle, JD.Cultic Studies Review, 1(1), 2000, 65-89. 

House of Judah, the Northeast Kingdom Community, and the Jonestown Problem: Downplaying Child Physical Abuses and Ignoring Serious Evidence. Stephen A. Kent. International Journal of Cultic Studies, 1, 2010, 27-48. 

How Children in Cults May Use Emancipation Laws to Free Themselves. Robin A. Boyle. Cultic Studies Journal, 16(1), 1999, 1-32. 

Legal Considerations: Regaining Independence and Initiative. Herbert L. Rosedale. Excerpted from Recovery From Cults, Help For Victims of Psychological and Spiritual Abuse. Herbert Rosedale. 

Litigating Child Custody with Religious Cults. Ford Greene, Esq. Cultic Studies Journal, 6(1), 1987, 69-75. 

Litigating the Cult-Related Child Custody Case. Randy Francis Kandel, Esq. Cultic Studies Journal, 4(2)/5(1), 1987/88, 122-131. 

Lying in Court and Religion: An Analysis of the Theocratic Warfare Doctrine of the Jehovah's Witnesses. Jerry Bergman, Ph.D. 

On Using the Term "Cult."  Herbert L. Rosedale, Esq. and Michael D. Langone, PhD.

Prevalence.  Michael Langone

Prosecuting an Ex-Cult Member's Undue Influence Suit. Lawrence Levy, JD. Cultic Studies Journal, 7(1), 1990, 15-25. 

Religious Exemptions From Child Abuse Statutes. American Academy of Pediatrics. Pediatrics, 81(1), January 1988. 

The Definitional Ambiguity of "Cult" and ICSA's Mission.  Michael D. Langone.

Thought Reform Exists: Organized, Programmatic Influence. Margaret Thaler Singer, Ph.D. The Cult Observer 11(6), 1994. 

Undue Influence and Written Documents: Psychological Aspects. Margaret Thaler Singer, PhD. Cultic Studies Journal, 10(1), 1993, 19-32. 

Undue Influence in Contract and Probate Law. Abraham Nievod, PhD, JD. Cultic Studies Journal, 10(1), 1993, 1-18. 

What Messages are Behind Today's Cults? Philip G. Zimbardo, Ph.D. Monitor of the American Psychological Association, May 1997, 14.

Additional Readings


CHILD (Children's Healthcare is a Legal Duty) and Child USA

The mission of Children’s Healthcare Is a Legal Duty is to end child abuse or neglect related to religion, cultural practices, or quackery through public education, research, legal action, and a limited amount of lobbying. CHILD's founder, Rita Swan, is retired. However, the CHILD website continues to be maintained. Moreover, the Penn Center for Youth and Family Trauma Response continues Rita's work through Child USA.

A Perspective on Clergy Sexual Abuse

Thomas Plante, PhD, ABPP, Department of Psychology, Santa Clara University. I have edited several books on this topic (e.g., Bless Me Father For I Have Sinned: Perspectives on Sexual Abuse Committed by Roman Catholic Priests as well as Sin Against the Innocents: Sexual Abuse by Priests and the Role of the Catholic Church), have published several professional research studies about priest sex offenders in academic journals, have evaluated about 60 priests or brothers accused of sexually abusing minors, and have consulted with a variety of religious orders and dioceses about this and related problems. I have also evaluated and treated many of the victims. It troubles me that misinformation about this problem still exists. The purpose of this brief article is to try to set the record straight given the best available data and update an article I published on this web site in 2002.

Children Held Hostage: Identifying Brainwashed Children, Presenting a Case, and Crafting Solutions 2nd Edition. ( Stanley S. Clawar and Brynne V. Rivlin). Published by American Bar Association.

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