Originally published in 1987, this title was compiled in response to the concern, in some segments of society, about the presence of new religious movements in the West in the second half of the twentieth century. There are lots of psychological questions surrounding cults and the influence they have over their members. These questions have been operative in the accumulation of this annotated bibliography, which was intended primarily as a reference guide for psychiatrists and counsellors who advise cult members, ex-cult members and their bewildered parents, and lawyers who use psychiatric arguments in the courts.
Acknowledgements. Preface: The Nature and Scope of this Study. Introduction: The Debate on the Cults in Current Psychiatric and Psychological Literature: An Assessment 1. Sources for the Study of Psychiatry and the Cults 2. Psychiatry and the Cults in Historical Perspective 3. Psychiatric and the Cults in Cross-Cultural Perspective 4. Current Psychological and Psychiatric Studies on the New Cults. Author Index. Subject Index.
Psychiatry is a medical field concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental health conditions. Routledge Library Editions: Psychiatry (24 Volume set) brings together titles, originally published between 1958 and 1997. The set demonstrates the varied nature of mental health and how we as a society deal with it. Covering a number of areas including child and adolescent psychiatry, alternatives to psychiatry, the history of mental health and psychiatric epidemiology.