Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Communication Studies

Language

English

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Clergy family stress, clergy family coping, Three-self Patriotic Movement churches, China, qualitative methods

Publication Date

9-2018

Source Publication Title

Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling

Volume

72

Issue

3

Start Page

163

End Page

171

Publisher

Sage

Peer Reviewed

1

DOI

10.1177/1542305018782518

ISSN (print)

1542-3050

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Communication Commons

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