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NCJ Number: 169541 Find in a Library
Title: Behind the Mask of Adolescent Satanism
Author(s): J Mercer
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 154
Sponsoring Agency: Deaconess Press
Minneapolis, MN 55454
Publication Number: ISBN 0-925190-22-5
Sale Source: Deaconess Press
2312 South Sixth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55454
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book examines the concept of the Devil and its ties to unhealthy adolescent development.
Abstract: The book draws a distinction between satanism as a so-called religious experience and satanism as a screen for projected adolescent rebellion, alienation, and disenfranchisement. Adolescent satanism is different from other expressions of satanic activity; the book explores its distinctive features and the various sources for a teenager's concept of Satan. The elements that contribute to teen attraction to satanism cannot be understood in a vacuum or separate from the other realities of a teen's life. Several chapters focus upon a teen's internal, developmental experiences, the psychological factors of adolescence. The final chapters deal with assessing the need for help when a young person appears to be involved with satanism and some helpful responses adults can offer. For some teens, satanism fulfills the need to give symbolic expression to the intangible, cosmic, or even supernatural aspects of life. This book suggests ways adults can support teens in the development of healthy spirituality. Table, notes
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Adolescent attitudes; Adolescents at risk; Alienation; Juvenile mental health services; Juvenile psychological evaluation; Juvenile self concept; Mental health; Problem behavior; Psychological evaluation
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