ERIC Number: ED306493
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Aug
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Stress in Single and Married Clergy and Clergy Couples.
Rayburn, Carole A.
Many stressed individuals seek help first from clergy, who in turn have stresses of their own. This study examined stress in single and married clergy and those clergy married to other clergy. In single clergy, 106 females and 134 males were compared on Osipow and Spokane measures and were found to differ significantly on stress from the Physical Environment. On the Religion and Stress Questionnaire, the women significantly more often saw women handling stress on the job in positive ways, were more offended by some changes in language, and were more positive about women using their birthnames instead of married names in religious settings. In married clergy, 145 females and 93 males were compared: the males had significantly higher Role Insufficiency, Role Ambiguity, and Role Boundary Vocational Strain and lower Recreation personal resources. The males had more experience of women being treated as a novelty in seminary but were less favorable to using gender-fair language in church. Clergymen married to nonclergy wives and clergymen married to clergy wives were very close in their scores on the Osipow and Spokane measures. Clergywomen married to nonclergy husbands had lower Role and higher Recreation and Social Supports. In clergy with nonclergy spouses, clergywomen scored significantly lower in Role Insufficiency and Role Ambiguity. (Author/ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the International Council of Psychologists (Singapore, August 21-25, 1988).