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Title: Occult Participation: Its Impact on Adolescent Development
Journal: Adolescence  Volume:24  Issue:96  Dated:(Winter 1989)  Pages:757-772
Author(s): C M Tennant-Clark; J J Fritz; F Beauvais
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 16
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Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study investigated the relationship between occult participation, substance abuse, and level of self-esteem in adolescents.
Abstract: Data was collected from 50 adolescents who ranged in age from 12 to 19 years and who spoke English as their primary language. The combined group of adolescents consisted of 25 clinical and 25 nonclinical youth. Participants completed a three-part questionnaire package which included Rosenberg's Self-Esteem Scale, the Adolescent Magic Questionnaire, and the Drug and Alcohol Assessment Scale. Results indicated that adolescent substance abuse and occult participation were significantly related. High and low occult participation groups were determined, and significant differences were found between the high versus low occult groups when compared on the primary variables of self-esteem and substance abuse. Significant differences were also noted when comparing the high versus low occult groups with various psychosocial developmental variables. Included is a discussion of the impact of occult participation on the psychosocial elements of adolescent self-esteem, self-concept, tolerance for deviance, and religious involvement. (Author abstract)
Main Term(s): Cults
Index Term(s): Adolescent attitudes; Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile drug use; Youth development
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