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Gerais : Revista Interinstitucional de Psicologia

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NASCIMENTO, Alexsandro Medeiros do; PAULA, Rafael Amorim de  and  ROAZZI, Antonio. Self-awareness, religiosity and depression in priestly formation in catholic seminarians: an ex-post-facto study. Gerais, Rev. Interinst. Psicol. [online]. 2017, vol.10, n.1, pp. 35-48. ISSN 1983-8220.

The present study aimed to delineate the interrelationships between self-awareness, depressive affect and religiosity in Catholic seminarians, on the assumption that the period of priestly formation reserves potential subjective impact on various spheres of the mental life, both cognitive and affective, of the subjects, approaching them of psychopathological risks. Fifty Catholic seminarians participated in the study and responded to a Sociodemographic Questionnaire and psychometric instruments: Situational Self-focus Scale, Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale (CES-D) and Global Religiosity Scale. Data were analyzed using Similarity Structure Analysis, psychometric procedures and Pearson correlation coefficient, showing that negative affect interrelates with self-reflection and rumination, as well as a trend of decline of religiosity along of priestly formation, although approaching to self-reflection occurs at the end of the formative period, indicating the need for training agencies to adjust the preparation for priesthood.

Keywords : self-awareness; depression; religiosity; catholic seminarians; facet theory.

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