Year: 1978 Source: Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, v.166, no.10, (October 1978), p.685-691 SIEC No: 19832852

Members of a religious sect, the Divine Light Mission, were evaluated for psychological effects of their experience in the group, in order to study the psychotherapeutic effect of evangelical religious experience. Results reflected a significant decline of neurotic symptoms (including anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, anomie, emotional maladaptation, & referential thinking) & of alcohol & drug use from the period prior to joining to that immediately after joining. Case examples are provided. (21 refs)