Pastoral Psychology

, Volume 64, Issue 6, pp 875–881 | Cite as

Psychological Well-Being of Roman Catholic and Episcopal Clergy Applicants

  • Shannon Nicole Thomas
  • Thomas G. Plante


The current study investigated the psychological functioning of over 200 applicants to the priesthood or diaconate in the Roman Catholic and Episcopal churches, as revealed by the subjects’ scores on the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory, Second Edition (MMPI-2). Results revealed an overall trend of psychological health in the sample population, evidenced by few systematic elevations in indices of psychopathology. Within the Catholic sample, deacons demonstrated lower MMPI-2 scores on several measures, perhaps suggesting slightly better psychological well-being than their priest counterparts.


Catholic Episcopal Priest Deacon Clerical entrants MMPI-2 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologySanta Clara UniversitySanta ClaraUSA

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