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ERIC Number: EJ759709
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 19
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-1069-0727
Predicting Burnout, Conflict Management Style, and Turnover among Clergy
Beebe, Ronald S.
Journal of Career Assessment, v15 n2 p257-275 2007
Typically, the literature on clergy burnout employs an individual model and describes the pastoral role from the perspective of multiple demands or offers prescriptions for recovery. Although some literature examines the systemic nature of clergy burnout, little attention is paid to the internal psychological dynamics surrounding social expectations of the clergy role. Bowen's concept of differentiation of self offers insight into the relationship between self and role within the context of the clergy-congregation emotional system. A sample of clergy (N = 343) are surveyed to examine the impact of differentiation of self and role on burnout, conflict management style, and tenure. The analyses indicate clergy functioning at higher levels of differentiation of self and role experience lower perceived burnout and prefer a collaborative conflict management style. This perspective offers potential avenues of response for professionals who interact with clergy regarding burnout and conflict. (Contains 3 figures and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York