Department of Communication Studies
A qualitative study was conducted to examine the experience of stress and coping strategies among 15 pastors’ wives from a city in mainland China. Results indicated that nearly all interviewees experienced financial stress and loneliness, a phenomenon consistent with that seen in literature in the West. However, stress arising from role expectations among the spouses’ congregations was low. Most of the interviewees coped with stress through family and social support, as well as through praying.
Clergy family stress, clergy family coping, Three-self Patriotic Movement churches, China, qualitative methods
Source Publication Title
Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling
Chan, K., & Wong, M. (2018). Experience of stress and coping strategies among pastors’ wives in China. Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling, 72 (3), 163-171. https://doi.org/10.1177/1542305018782518