Problem and solution: The spiritual dimension of clergy sexual abuse and its impact on survivors
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 sacreda 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. © 2008 by The Haworth Press. All rights reserved.
Pargament, Kenneth I.; Murray-Swank, Nichole A.; and Mahoney, Annette, "Problem and solution: The spiritual dimension of clergy sexual abuse and its impact on survivors" (2008). Regis University Faculty Publications (comprehensive list). 972.