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I stay and I follow – Clerical reflections on pastoral care for victims of sexual abuse.

Journal article
Authors Lisa Rudolfsson
Inga Tidefors
Published in Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling
Volume 67
Issue 2
Pages 1-14
ISSN 1542-3050
Publication year 2013
Published at Department of Psychology
Pages 1-14
Language en
Subject categories Psychology of religion, Psychology


In this focus group study with clerics from the Church of Sweden, the Catholic Church, and the Free Church Movement, experiences of pastoral care for victims of sexual abuse were explored. The material was analyzed using thematic analysis. Our participants expressed a wish to offer the best care possible. However, insecurity, a perceived lack of psychological competences, and restrictions imposed by the vow of silence provoked self-protective strategies that may affect both clerics and confidants.

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