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Personality, Belief in the Paranormal, and Involvement with Satanic Practices Among Young Adult Males: Dabblers Versus Gamers

 

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Cultic Studies Journal
Psychological Manipulation and Society
Vol. 12, No. 2, 1995

Personality, Belief in the Paranormal, and Involvement with Satanic Practices Among Young Adult Males: Dabblers Versus Gamers

Stuart M. Leeds

Abstract
This study examined the relationship between fantasy role-playing games, such as Dungeons & Dragons, and satanic practices. Anonymous questionnaires, completed by 217 adult male subjects, were categorized into noninvolvement (control n=125), fantasy role-playing gamers (n=66), and satanic dabbler groups (n=26). Subjects were measured for personal-ity dimensions of psychoticism, extraversion, and neuroticism using the Eysenck Personality Questionnaire (EPQ-R); for beliefs in paranormal phenomena using the Belief in the Paranormal Scale (BPS); and for involvement in gaming and satanic practices using the Satanic and Fantasy Envelopment (SAFE) survey. A series of one-way ANOVA and Pearson correlations revealed that fantasy gamers are different from satanic dabblers in major personality characteristics, paranormal beliefs, and interest in satanic practices. The satanic dabblers were significantly higher on psychoticism, introversion, and belief in the paranormal. The evidence is not consistent with the hypothesis that fantasy role-playing games are precursors to satanic practices.

Order: Cultic Studies Journal, Vol. 12, No. 02

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