Prepared for Don | Delivered August 28, 2019
Effects of Clergy Occupation
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To explore the effects of clergy occupation on marriage and mental health from journals and research databases in order to investigate a research problem.
EFFECTS ON MENTAL HEALTH
According to a research study conducted among
ies, the stressful life of clergy might affect their mental health by fostering an "
sense of spiritual struggle." Their mental health might be affected by negative interactions with the members of the congregation, chronic religious doubts, troubled relationships with god, and more.
According to a research study conducted by the Mental Health Task Force of Disability Concerns, clergy occupation brought stress and anxiety issues among
of the researched population. These people sought help from their respective family doctors.
According to the research, "
of pastors diagnosed with clinical depression was double the national average."
One in fou
r pastors admitted in a research study that they struggled with mental illness at some point.
Two paywalled research focused on the mental health of clergy can be found
EFFECTS ON MARRIAGE/FAMILY RELATIONS
A behavioral scientist named
concluded that the wives of clergymen have higher stress levels than clergymen and clergywomen.
According to Jane P. Ives, United Methodist Marriage and Family Ministries Consultant, "
, like all others, struggle with relationship breakdown, parenting difficulties, eldercare and extended family issues, addictions, sudden illness and chronic disease, and the loss of loved ones."
According to a
, some factors that cause unhappy marriage include poor communication; difficulty in handling negative emotions, anger, depression, and burnout; and sexual difficulties.
to a research study conducted in 2011, the problems and stress in the lives of the wives of clergy "far outweighed the
." However, they still considered going through the hardships for their respective spouses.
A research study conducted among "
ministers (most of whom are married) and 80 Roman Catholic priests in Canada" in 1998 verified that being a celibate did not really affect one's spiritual and personal life. The personal lives of both married and unmarried clergy were similar.