Clergy spouses experience various life stressors, yet many cope and function effectively in the midst of their daily challenges. Mental health professionals were asked to identify wives of male clergy who exemplify emotional and spiritual health. Nominees were contacted and interviews conducted with 25 women. Each interviewee was asked about coping with normal life stressors, stressors associated with being married to a minister, and catastrophic life events. All interviews were transcribed and coded, using grounded theory. Participants emphasized the importance of spirituality, social support, limit-setting, and healthy lifestyle choices. Implications are discussed.
McMinn, Mark R.; Kerrick, Sarah P.; Duma, Susan; Campbell, Emma R.; and Jung, Jane B., "Positive Coping among Wives of Male Christian Clergy" (2008). Faculty Publications - Grad School of Clinical Psychology. 195.