The goal of the current study is to examine the belief in SRA and correlating variables among the next generation of psychologists. 26 participants completed the full questionnaire to be included in the analyses. Pre-doctoral internship sites were selected from the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers’ (APPIC) directory that were located in the United States, accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA), and offered training opportunities in the areas of sexual abuse, empirically-supported treatments, evidence-based practice, and/or evidence based research. Interested interns could click on the questionnaire’s link, which connected them to Qualtrics, an online survey platform. Generally, participants did not highly endorse a belief in a literal Satan (M = 10.54, SD = 6.96). On average, participants were neutral (i.e., between “somewhat agree” and “somewhat disagree”) in their belief in the accuracy of recovered repressed memories and memories of Satanic ritual abuse. Future research would benefit from broadening the sampling to include other mental health providers beyond psychology interns, such as clinical social workers, mental health counselors, and marriage and family therapists.
Date of Degree
Master of Arts (MA)
Program of Study
Humanities and Social Sciences
Severud, M. (2023). The satanic ritual abuse panic: Correlates and implications for therapists [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/1329/