ERIC Number: ED290073
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Nuns, Brothers, and the Religion and Stress Questionnaire.
Rayburn, Carole A.; And Others
Women have been entering into religious leadership positions in larger numbers, although the field is still male-dominated. Stress and strain of both men and women in the field of religion has been experienced from the impact of such change. In this study, Roman Catholic nuns, who have not been seen by their own church as clerical workers or even in the same religious professional track as religious brothers, were compared to brothers on stress and strain, as well as on coping mechanisms. The 51 nuns and 50 brothers completed the Religion and Stress Questionnaire. Ten percent of each group was interviewed in some depth to further explore their stress and needs. The nuns had far better rational/coping mechanisms and yet the brothers had better overall sensitivity toward women in religious leadership roles and in congregations than did the nuns. One possible explanation for this is that the nuns had learned to cope with their being a minority group in a male-dominated church and field by turning away from the realities of women in religious occupations and inwardly to their supportive group of women in communal living. (The Religion and Stress Questionnaire is included.) (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: American Association of Univ. Women Educational Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A