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J Prev Interv Community. 2012;40(3):208-18. doi: 10.1080/10852352.2012.680413.

Sexual and intimacy health of Roman Catholic priests.

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  • 1All Hallows College, Dublin, Ireland. pmcdevitt@allhallows.ie

Abstract

This study explores the sexual experiences and sexual health of Roman Catholic priests. The qualitative research design looked at priests' responses to the question, "Please share one or more sexual experiences in your lifetime." The qualitative responses were analyzed and categorized into seven groupings: (a) Childhood and adolescent homosexual experiences; (b) Childhood and adolescent heterosexual experiences; (c) Both homosexual and heterosexual childhood and adolescent experiences; (d) Adult sexual experiences before ordination to the priesthood; (e) Adult sexual experiences since ordination to the priesthood; (f) Masturbation; and (g) Other sexual experiences. The data were analyzed by frequency of responses and percentages within each of the seven categories. The results indicate the need for early intervention and education during seminary, ongoing education after ordination, and psychotherapy support for priests.

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22694158
DOI:
10.1080/10852352.2012.680413
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