Vampirism, vampire cults and the teenager of today

Int J Adolesc Med Health. 2010 Apr-Jun;22(2):189-95.


The aim of this paper is to summarize the limited literature on clinical vampirism, vampire cults and the involvement of adolescents in vampire-like behavior. The various definitions of clinical vampirism are outlined and the emergence of vampire cults from Gothic culture is examined. Further, the clinical features of cult behavior, the attraction to cults, the risk factors for cult involvement, and the clinical management of cult members are discussed. Additionally, vampire popular media is briefly introduced and a case study presented.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Blood*
  • Ceremonial Behavior
  • Clothing
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Paraphilic Disorders* / prevention & control
  • Paraphilic Disorders* / psychology
  • Risk Factors
  • Self-Injurious Behavior* / prevention & control
  • Self-Injurious Behavior* / psychology
  • Social Behavior Disorders* / prevention & control
  • Social Behavior Disorders* / psychology
  • Terminology as Topic