”Living Between Two Different Worlds”: Experiences of Leaving a High-Cost Religious Group

Maria Björkmark*, Peter Nynäs, Camilla Koskinen

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The aim of this interdisciplinary study is to gain a comprehensive understanding of individuals’ subjective experiences after leaving a high-cost religious group and how these experiences have affected their lives. In-depth interviews were done with 18 participants who had left different religious communities in Finland. The interviews were analysed through a thematic analysis. The results show that religious disaffiliation is a life change that may affect an individual’s life in profound ways. Life after being a member of a high-cost group may involve experiences of fear, guilt, sorrow, pain, loss and even suffering on an existential level. These experiences can have serious implications for one’s well-being and health. However, life after religious disaffiliation also includes many positive aspects, such as experiences of joy, freedom, relief, gratitude and empowerment.

OriginalspråkEngelska
TidskriftJournal of Religion and Health
DOI
StatusE-pub före tryck - 17 aug. 2021
MoE-publikationstypA1 Tidskriftsartikel-refererad

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