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Cultic Studies Review

Published/Hosted by International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA). ISSN (printed): 1539-0152. ISSN (electronic): 1539-0160.

Cultic Studies Review seeks to advance the understanding of cultic processes and their relation to society, including broad social and cultural implications as well as effects on individuals and families. The term “cultic processes” refers to manipulative forms of social influence observed most conspicuously, though not exclusively, in certain extremist groups, and is directly related to the research traditions of thought reform and the psychology of social influence. Cultic Studies Review’s interest areas include a family of related yet distinct phenomena (see The Definitional Ambiguity of “Cult” and ICSA’s Mission), as well as practical responses to concerns people have about these phenomena. Thus, Cultic Studies Review provides information on cults, psychological manipulation, psychological abuse, spiritual abuse, brainwashing, mind control, thought reform, abusive churches, extremism, totalistic groups, authoritarian groups, new religious movements, charisma, alternative and mainstream religions, group dynamics, exit counseling, recovery, and practical suggestions for families, individuals, helping professionals, clergy, journalists, researchers, students, educators, and others interested in these topics. CSR assumes that a multidisciplinary perspective is necessary for the proper understanding of its areas of interest and, consequently, publishes articles from different disciplines and points of view. Articles dealing with any aspect of CSR’s areas of interest, whether directly or indirectly, will be considered. The views expressed in CSR are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of CSR’s Editorial Boards or AFF and its directors, advisory board members, or staff. Groups analyzed or mentioned in CSR are not necessarily cults, nor are they necessarily harmful.

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