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Adolescent Satanism: A Research Note on Exploratory Survey Data
William H. Swatos, Jr.
Review of Religious Research
Vol. 34, No. 2 (Dec., 1992), pp. 161-169
Published by: Religious Research Association, Inc.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3511132
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This research note presents and sets in context findings from a threewave questionnaire survey of a purposive sample of 1,182 high school sophomores and juniors conducted in a midwestern metropolitan area during 1989-1990. Students 'friends' reported involvements in Satanic activity are related to other anti- and prosocial behaviors and to the students 'own religious activities and rock music preferences and activities. Purported Satanic involvement is shown to be an extreme form of deviance, most probably connected to other antisocial activities as a legitimation rather than a motivation. No evidence is found for Satanism as an organized movement.
Review of Religious Research © 1992 Religious Research Association, Inc.