Pastoral Psychology

, Volume 54, Issue 1, pp 81–90 | Cite as

Are Successful Applicants to the Priesthood Psychologically Healthy?

  • Thomas G. Plante
  • Arianna Aldridge
  • Christina Louie


The current investigation evaluated psychological and personality profiles of successful applicants to a major Roman Catholic religious order. The MMPI-2 and 16PF were administered to 68 applicants between 1990 and 2004 who subsequently entered seminary. Results indicate that these applicants to the priesthood were generally well-adjusted as well as being socially responsible, interpersonally sensitive and sociable. Findings also suggest some tendency for defensiveness and repression. Furthermore, dealing with perceived negative impulses such as anger and hostility may also be a concern for many of these men.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas G. Plante
    • 1
    • 2
  • Arianna Aldridge
    • 1
  • Christina Louie
    • 1
  1. 1.Psychology DepartmentSanta Clara UniversitySanta Clara
  2. 2.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesStanford University School of MedicinePalo Alto

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