Second Generation Adults
Simply defined, children who are raised in a high demand religion whose followers view themselves as special have been described as “Second Generation Adults,” (resulting in the acronym of “SGA”). Their parents, those of the “first generation,” who opted to follow a particular ideology obligated their children to its demands — demands which shape how their children grow into their adulthood.
Parents’ choices burden their children with concerns and issues that people outside of their religious culture do not share. Even into adulthood, this burden alters normal growth and development as well as identity in predictable, lasting, and often in profound ways.
More In-Depth Discussions of SGAs
- Jill Mytton Interview about growing up in a high demand Christian Fundamentalist group and the lifelong challenges that the experience brought her.
- Panel Discussion Video: Growing Up in Cults
- The Toll of Growing Up in a Religious Cult
- Adult Children of Cult Members
- A review of Nori Muster's Child of the Cult (book at Amazon)