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ERIC Number: EJ837397
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 55
ISSN: ISSN-1053-8712
Problem and Solution: The Spiritual Dimension of Clergy Sexual Abuse and Its Impact on Survivors
Pargament, Kenneth I.; Murray-Swank, Nichole A.; Mahoney, Annette
Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, v17 n3-4 p397-420 Oct 2008
In this paper, we offer a way to understand the spiritual dimension of clergy-perpetrated sexual abuse. Spirituality is defined as a search for the sacred--a process of discovery, conservation, and transformation that evolves over the lifespan. We describe the ways in which clergy-perpetrated sexual abuse impacts negatively on the individual's search for the sacred and the ways in which spirituality can serve as a valuable resource for survivors. We then consider how clinicians can draw on the client's spirituality as a source of solutions to problems and how clinicians can address the spiritual problems raised by clergy-perpetrated sexual abuse. Perhaps the greatest challenge for mental health professionals is to become better acquainted with the multifaceted nature of spiritual life. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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