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ERIC Number: EJ926158
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 62
ISSN: ISSN-0192-513X
Married to the Minister: The Status of the Clergy Spouse as Part of a Two-Person Single Career
Murphy-Geiss, Gail E.
Journal of Family Issues, v32 n7 p932-955 Jul 2011
Clergy spouses have long been considered unpaid partners in two-person single careers, but a number of social forces may have begun to challenge that, including the ordination of women and increasingly accepted alternatives to traditional family forms. This study surveyed more than 3,000 United Methodist clergy spouses to assess the status of that role, focusing especially on gender, age, and region of the United States. It was determined that gender has the strongest effect, as male spouses are significantly more likely to be nontraditional than their female counterparts. To a lesser degree, younger spouses and those not from the South are also more likely to act in nontraditional ways. Higher income and higher education were also found to be correlated with nontraditional behaviors. Although the large majority of respondents continue to replicate the traditional clergy spouse model, changes seem to be underway, led primarily by the male spouses of clergy women. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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