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ERIC Number: ED326788
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Aug
Pages: 26
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Teenagers and Satanism.
Bredenberg, Alice M.
The background of Satanism and typical Satanic activities are described. It is noted that contemporary Satanism has three forms: solitary Satanists, outlaw cults, and neo-Satanic churches. Included in a description of Satanic activities are Heavy Metal music and fantasy games, both of which are intensely interesting to teenagers. The next section profiles the personality of a teenager who might succumb to cult overtures, as well as environmental factors which enhance the appeal of cultism. The personality profile includes teenagers' identity search; loners who are disconnected from family; teenagers without cultural, religious, or community values; and powerlessness. Methods for recruiting teenagers into Satanism are discussed and it is noted that groups of followers are solidified by intimidation, guilt, and fear. Finally, a scenario for program planning and rehabilitation is presented. It is claimed one of the blocks to intervention is the disbelief of the general public. However, it is noted that denial of Satanism is inappropriate for people who work with vulnerable teenagers. It is recommended that clients are stripped of all environmental symbols and are involved in group therapy. Family and community involvement, prevention programs by school counselors, and school-based mental health counselors are recommended. (ABL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Language: English
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