Pastoral Psychology

, Volume 50, Issue 5, pp 345–358 | Cite as

Depression and Anxiety in Roman Catholic Secular Clergy

  • Sarah Knox
  • Stephen G. Virginia
  • John P. Lombardo


A nationally selected random sample of Roman Catholic secular priests was investigated using the Center for Epidemiological Studies-Depression scale and the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory Form Y. Additionally, a Self-Report Inventory requested information regarding participants' demographics as well as four categories of predictor variables (i.e., Vocational Satisfaction, Social Support, Spiritual Activities, Physical Environment) potentially associated with depression and anxiety. The study yielded a return rate of 64%. Secular clergy reported significantly greater depression and anxiety (both state and trait) than are reported in the general population. Low Vocational Satisfaction was found to be predictive of depression as well as both state and trait anxiety. Additionally, low Social Support was found to be predictive of state and trait anxiety. When the significant predictor variables were conceptually collapsed, it appeared that both people and place were significantly related to Roman Catholic secular priests' experience of depression and anxiety.

depression anxiety Roman Catholic priests 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sarah Knox
    • 1
  • Stephen G. Virginia
    • 2
  • John P. Lombardo
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Counseling and Educational PsychologyMarquette UniversityMilwaukee
  2. 2.Tribunal of the Roman Catholic Diocese of ColumbusOhio

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