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Unification Church ("Moonie") dropouts: psychological readjustment after leaving a charismatic religious group
Am J Psychiatry 1983;140:984-989.
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Of 66 persons who left the Unification Church (the "Moonies"), twenty- three (36%) reported that they had had serious emotional problems after leaving. After an average of 3.8 years, however, the former members studied here had apparently achieved a stable adjustment. Most of them retained a notable fidelity toward the sect and its beliefs, but those who had been "deprogrammed" had more negative views and themselves had coerced other members to leave. The author examines the impact of group membership on individual development and looks at departure in relation to the psychopathology, such as depression and paranoid ideation, that may emerge.

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