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Psychiatric testimony in "cult" litigation.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  3435785     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Changes in political or religious beliefs among POWs and hostages have often been attributed to "brainwashing" or "coercive persuasion." The cases reported have usually involved people held involuntarily. Since the publication of DSM-III, the authors have noted frequent usage of the term "atypical dissociative disorder" in civil lawsuits by plaintiffs seeking damages from groups or cults they joined voluntarily. The effects of "psychological captivity" are claimed to be comparable to the effects of involuntary participation in instances of kidnapping or being taken prisoner. The authors suggest that voluntary and involuntary activities are fundamentally dissimilar and that the use of DSM-III is problematic in these cases.
D T Lunde; H A Sigal
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Bulletin of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law     Volume:  15     ISSN:  0091-634X     ISO Abbreviation:  Bull Am Acad Psychiatry Law     Publication Date:  1987  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1988-04-01     Completed Date:  1988-04-01     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7503424     Medline TA:  Bull Am Acad Psychiatry Law     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  205-10     Citation Subset:  IM    
Stanford Medical School, Palo Alto, CA.
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MeSH Terms
Expert Testimony / legislation & jurisprudence*
Forensic Psychiatry
Persuasive Communication*
Prisoners / psychology*
Religion and Psychology*
Social Conformity*
United States

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