Trial document




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  DRKS00006769

Trial Description

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Title

Sexual abuse of minors by priests, deacons, and clergymen in the Roman Catholic Church in Germany

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Trial Acronym

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URL of the Trial

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Brief Summary in Lay Language

The aim of the research project is at first to expose the nature and scope of sexual abuse, and at second to highlight the causes and context of abuse of minors within the Catholic Church in Germany. Beside a comprehensive survey of all cases of abuse (taken place between 1945 and 2014) there will also be a scientific analysis of the archives of the dioceses. Also, external records are used to carry out comparative analysis with other institutions (e. g. state youth welfare institutions, schools). Experiences of the victims will be used for development of research instruments and for the interpretation of results. An advisory board will accompany and examine the project.The diverse facets of the topic will be explored by semi-structured interviews with victims and offender.

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Brief Summary in Scientific Language

The project requires an interdisciplinary approach, which includes criminological, psychological, sociological, psychiatric and forensic-psychiatric expertise. Key figures will be determined regarding quantitative extent of abuse (assess annual clerical staff size since 1945, analyse personnel records). Interviews with abused persons and the offenders will be used to work out structural aspects of the institution that foster abuse.

Following sub-projects are included:

1. Assessment of data location and data management practices in terms of sexual abuse cases in the area of the German Bishops' Conference
2. Qualitative biographical analysis of interviews with people concerned (victims and offenders)
3. Institutional comparisons
4. Analysis of aspects of prevention
5. Secondary analysis of national and international empirical evidence of abuse
6. Quantitative analysis of random samples of personnel records of the clerical staff

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Organizational Data

  •   DRKS00006769
  •   2014/09/24
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  •   Approved
  •   [---]*, Ethikkommission der Fakultät für Verhaltens- und Empirische Kulturwissenschaften der Universität Heidelberg, Voßstr. 2 dekanat@verkult.uni-heidelberg.de
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Secondary IDs

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Health Condition or Problem studied

  •   T74.2 -  Sexual abuse
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Interventions/Observational Groups

  •   Epidemiological, observational study;
    Key figures will be determined regarding quantitative extent of abuse (assess annual clerical staff size since 1945, analyse personnel records). Interviews with abused persons and the offender will be used to work out structural aspects of the institution that foster abuse.
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Characteristics

  •   Non-interventional
  •   Epidemiological study
  •   Single arm study
  •   Open (masking not used)
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  •   Uncontrolled/Single arm
  •   Prevention
  •   Single (group)
  •   N/A
  •   N/A
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Primary Outcome

Quantitative assessment of the extent of abuse in the Roman Catholic Church in Germany (2015/2016); semi-structured interviews with victims and offenders (2014/2015/2016)

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Secondary Outcome

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Countries of Recruitment

  •   Germany
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Locations of Recruitment

  • other 
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Recruitment

  •   Planned
  •   2014/12/01
  •   200
  •   Multicenter trial
  •   National
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Inclusion Criteria

  •   Both, male and female
  •   no minimum age
  •   no maximum age
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Additional Inclusion Criteria

Abused Person: being a minor at time of abuse;
Offender: each person who give consent.

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Exclusion Criteria

Not being contractually capable

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Addresses

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    • Verband der Diözesen Deutschlands, Deutsche Bischofskonferenz
    • Mr.  Pater Dr  Hans  Langendörfer SJ 
    • Kaiserstr. 161
    • 53113  Bonn
    • Germany
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    • Institut für Kriminologie der Universität Heidelberg
    • Mr.  Professor Dr. iur  Dieter  Dölling 
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    • Zentralinstitut für Seelische Gesundheit
    • Mr.  Professor Dr.  Harald  Dreßing 
    • J5
    • 68159  Mannheim
    • Germany
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    • Institut für Gerontologie der Universität Heidelberg
    • Mr.  Professor Dr. Dr. h.c.  Andreas  Kruse 
    • Bergheimer Str. 20
    • 69115  Heidelberg
    • Germany
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Sources of Monetary or Material Support

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    • Verband der Diözesen Deutschlands, Deutsche Bischofskonferenz
    • Mr.  Pater Dr  Hans  Langendörfer 
    • Kaiserstr. 161
    • 53113  Bonn
    • Germany
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Status

  •   Recruiting ongoing
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Trial Publications, Results and other Documents

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