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The priest as counsellor: An investigation of critical incidents in the pastoral work of catholic priests,

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Lount, Mark and Hargie, Owen (1997) The priest as counsellor: An investigation of critical incidents in the pastoral work of catholic priests,. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 10 (3). pp. 247-259. [Journal article]

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URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09515079708254177

Abstract

Despite the fact that priests are involved in interpersonal work, there has been no empirical investigation of priestly practice. This paper presents results from an investigation which was undertaken to identify and analyse what actually happens at the priest-priest and priest-layperson interface apropos interpersonal communication in the pastoral work of catholic priests. It provides a picture of critical incidents in interpersonal interactions and a report of the central communication problems in priestly work using an ethnographic approach to sketch and analyse the range of factors which impinge on the interpersonal process. The results indicate that counselling skills form a key part of the day-to-day work of the priest.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Communication
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences
Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Communication
ID Code:20109
Deposited By:Professor Owen Hargie
Deposited On:28 Sep 2011 16:21
Last Modified:28 Sep 2011 16:21

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