The current research examines the relationship between visible expression of religion, identification within Satanism, experiences of discrimination, and depression in a sample of modern Satanists (n = 1,272). Historically, Satanism has been scrutinized as immoral and a threat to public safety. The current research attempts to challenge that viewpoint by employing culturally competent methods and understanding of modern Satanism. Findings indicate a negative relationship between expression of Satanism and discrimination, expression of Satanism and depressive symptoms, in-group ties and discrimination, and identification (in-group ties and in-group affect) and depressive symptoms. Results show a positive relationship between identification with Satanism and expression of Satanism. Limitations and future directions for research on Satanism and mental health are discussed.
Allyson Dudley & Eric Sprankle
Date of Degree
Master of Arts (MA)
Program of Study
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Dudley, A. (2022). The expression of Satanist identity: Does visible identification of Satanism predict discrimination and depression? [Master’s thesis, Minnesota State University, Mankato]. Cornerstone: A Collection of Scholarly and Creative Works for Minnesota State University, Mankato. https://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/etds/1200/
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