The personality and occupational profiles of Roman Catholic priests and women who seek to become Roman Catholic priests: A test of the Holland model of vocational choice
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This investigation was undertaken in hopes of answering several general questions as well as testing specific hypotheses. It was hoped that the results would increase and update the body of knowledge about Roman Catholic priests in America: who are these men? what common personality profile do they generate? what are their strengths, their weaknesses? what types of occupations do they prefer, do they reject? is any new information in this study significantly different from that generated in previous studies? This study also was designed to contribute significantly to the information available about women desirous of ordination as Roman Catholic priests: who are these women who seek a goal seemingly never attainable? what type of personality profile do they have? what are their assets, their liabilities? what are their occupational preferences? are they occupationally frustrated? how are they coping with that frustration? This investigation was designed to contribute a comparative analysis of already-ordained men and women who were academically (if not also experientially) prepared for ordination to priesthood but barred for reasons of gender. As far as can be ascertained by this researcher, no simultaneous study using the same measures on these two groups of men and women has yet been undertaken.