Pastoral Psychology

, Volume 47, Issue 2, pp 81–96

Narcissistic Measures of Lutheran Clergy Who Self-Reported Committing Sexual Misconduct

  • Perry C. Francis
  • Tracy D. Baldo

DOI: 10.1023/A:1022920528072

Cite this article as:
Francis, P.C. & Baldo, T.D. Pastoral Psychology (1998) 47: 81. doi:10.1023/A:1022920528072


This study sought to determine if narcissism was a factor in Lutheran clergy who self-reported committing sexual misconduct. Sexual misconduct was defined as any activity in which a clergyperson, single or married, engaged in sexual behavior (sexual intercourse, kissing, touching or hugging with sexual intent, use of sexually explicit language) with a parishioner, client, or employee of the church (Francis & Turner, 1995). The results indicated that clergy who self-reported having committed sexual misconduct and had high levels of narcissism were not significantly different from those clergy who self-reported not having committed sexual misconduct. Demographic and related findings are also discussed.

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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Perry C. Francis
    • 1
  • Tracy D. Baldo
    • 2
  1. 1.Northwestern State UniversityUSA
  2. 2.University of Northern ColoradoUSA