, Volume 47, Issue 2, pp 81-96

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

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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.

Former Lutheran minister and is currently an Assistant Professor of education at
Associate Professor of professional counseling in the Division of Professional Psychology at the