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A Rorschach Study of Interpersonal Disturbance In Priest Child Molesters

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This study compared the Rorschach protocols of 76 Catholic priests in treatment for same-sex ephebophilia with those of a comparison group of 74 Catholic priests in treatment for some other form of psychological disorder. The two groups were compared using two Rorschach measures of interpersonal functioning (the Human Representational Response and the Mutuality of Autonomy Scale) and a measure of sexual disturbance, the Rorschach Sexual Score. The ephebophile group gave more pathological responses on all three measures. Contrary to expectation an equivalent number of good or neutral responses was given by both groups on the two interpersonal measures.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, USA 2: Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY, USA 3: St. Luke Institute, Silver Spring, Maryland, USA

Publication date: January 1, 2003

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