Mentalizing and Professional Boundaries in the Clergy

Holly Crisp-Han, Glen O. Gabbard, Melissa Martinez

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Increasing attention has been focused on mental health problems of clergy in light of long work hours, extraordinary demands, and diversity of tasks. In this communication we report findings from the psychiatric evaluation of 70 Episcopal priests. We describe psychiatric diagnoses, but our focus is on two common themes that emerged: difficulties maintaining professional boundaries and problems with mentalizing, i.e., imagining the impact of their behavior and words on others. Recommendations for education and prevention are addressed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalThe journal of pastoral care & counseling : JPCC
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2011
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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