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The New Age Movement [microform] : Fad or Menace? / Arthur A. Dole and Others
Bib ID 5523212
Format MicroformMicroform, BookBook
Author
Dole, Arthur A
 
Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1990 
27 p. 
Summary

This paper presents selected opinions held by a panel of specialists in cult behaviors about the New Age movement, emphasizing those positions about which there is most consensus. These specialists included advisory board members from the American Family Foundation (AFF),which has sponsored publications and workshops on Satanism and on the New Age, and fellows of the Committee for Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP), which stresses critical analysis of occult phenomena. These two panels of experts completed a Likert scale survey giving their responses to 340 items classified into 5 parts: (1) 65 New Age terms, assessing extent of acquaintance and relative harm or benefit of the term; (2) 82 statements, including new age philosophies and opinions about New Age, soliciting agreement or disagreement; (3) 14 criteria suggested as more or less characteristic of the New Age movement; (4) 12 statements to be rated for importance for scientific study of a New Age program; and (5) 67 statements describing a practice involving a child, teenager, or youth. Results of the survey suggest a consensus that New Age programs and philosophies, with their combination of Eastern mysticism, experimental approaches to psychotechnology, the emphasis on experience, the desire for transformation, and the profit motive combine to create a strong potential for developing cultist modes of relating, including brainwashing and psychological manipulation and coercion. (TE)

Notes

Sponsoring Agency: Pennsylvania Univ., Philadelphia. Graduate School of Education.

ERIC Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the International Council of Psychologists (48th, Tokyo, Japan, July 14-18, 1990). Research also supported by the American Family Foundation.

May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18: https://eric.ed.gov/

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Adolescents.  |  Beliefs.  |  Mysticism.  |  Philosophy.  |  New Age Movement Occultism
Form/genre Opinion Papers.
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