Victims of Abuse by Priests: Some Preliminary Observations

Mart, Eric G.
July 2004
Pastoral Psychology;Jul2004, Vol. 52 Issue 6, p465
Academic Journal
This paper describes the results of psychological assessments of 25 adult males who were victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests as children or early adolescents. Preliminary data suggest that premorbid personality patterns in these victims put them at greater risk for abuse and also exacerbated the effects of their victimization. These observations are considered in the context of prevalent explanatory models of the traumagenic effects of child sexual abuse.


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