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Title: Satanism Among Adolescents: Empirical and Clinical Considerations
Journal: Adolescence  Volume:27  Issue:108  Dated:(Winter 1992)  Pages:901-914
Author(s): G M Steck; S A Anderson; W M Boylin
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 14
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Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A sample of eight adolescent satanists currently hospitalized in a psychiatric facility in New England were studied to determine whether they possessed common personal or family characteristics that would distinguish them from a comparable sample of hospitalized adolescents with no satanic involvement.
Abstract: The subjects were identified by hospital staff by several criteria: satanic symbols displayed on clothing, practice of satanic rituals, use of spells, nonpsychotic claims to have levitated or talked to the devil, and in-depth descriptions of their satanic involvement. The subjects and a matched control group were evaluated on their psychosocial histories and the results of several standardized tests including the Tasks of Emotional Development, Rorschach, and Bender Gestalt. The results showed that the youths involved in satanism tended to be from families devoid of a father figure and a nurturing, supportive mother. These youths were alienated, lacked an acceptable self-image, often evidenced conflicted sibling relationships, exhibited compulsive behavior, and suffered from depression. Interventions designed to strengthen the parent-child relationship and the family's sense of involvement, as well as strategies to help the adolescent develop a positive identity, are recommended. A successful treatment will provide a sense of safety for the youth as well as physical and emotional separation from the cult figure. 2 tables and 50 references
Main Term(s): Adolescents at risk; Ritualistic crimes
Index Term(s): Comparative analysis; Home environment; Treatment techniques
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