In Reply to: Help needed: You got that right posted by Survey Researcher on November 05, 2005 at 22:55:16:
Well to answer your question quickly, I am in an undergraduate program and am doing this study as a means of learing the techniques of survey research and methods. This is priliminary research methods class, therefore the results will not be published. Also regarding the demographics based on the research I have done the questions you are raising are not relevant, in the research I have seen that length of time in the cult does not have a direction correlation with integration back into society. I understand that those born into a cult never really got to construct their personality outside of the confines of the cult, however this is where my limitations in this type of research (survey research) is, if it were up to me I would like to do case studies of new eXers and follow them for some time and see their integration happen. Also in my final paper as in any research, even by those at Harvard and Stanford I have to expalin my limitations because in every project there are limitations.
But to try to settle any concerns, I am basically doing this project becasue my professor told me to pick a topic which i hold dear to my heart, and since my mother was rasised in cult and only left after I was born and she realized that she did not want to raise a child in that environment I have always been interested in cults having many family members either still in the cult or eXers also. So hope this clearifies some concerns.