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Facilitating the mental health of women married to ministers of religion : a psycho-educational approach

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dc.contributor.advisor Prof. C.P.H. Myburgh; Prof. M. Poggenpoel en_US
dc.contributor.author Lebelo, Gordon Sehlako
dc.date.accessioned 2012-03-05T07:20:00Z
dc.date.available 2012-03-05T07:20:00Z
dc.date.issued 2012-03-05
dc.date.submitted 2003
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/4498
dc.description M.Phil. en_US
dc.description.abstract The family life of ministers of religion is under severe stress. Members are exposed to unique demands and expectations not experienced by other families. The minister of religion is expected to care for the church families while he is also responsible for taking care of his own family's well-being. In most cases he ends up neglecting his own family. The woman married to the minister of religion is often caught in the middle, ending up with feelings of worthlessness and disappointment. Recognising the vital role she plays as a wife, a mother, a career woman and also being married to a minister of religion, it is evident that the negative effects also impact on others around her in the ministry. The purpose of this study was to explore and describe the experiences of women married to ministers of religion; and to set guidelines to assist them in mobilising their resources to facilitate their mental health. An exploratory, descriptive, contextual and qualitative design was used to find out about the experiences of women married to ministers of religion. Phenomenological interviews were conducted with a purposive sample of seven participants after obtaining permission. The interviews were recorded on audiotapes and thereafter transcribed. Steps were taken to ensure trustworthiness of the research process. Data was analysed following Tesch's method (Creswell, 1994:154). The results of this study indicated that women married to ministers of religion find it difficult to cope with the expectations and the demands of the ministry. They end up experiencing a lot of negative emotions because of lack of support. Guidelines to facilitate and promote the mental health of women married to ministers of religion were suggested. Recommendations were discussed. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Spouses of clergy en_US
dc.subject Mental health of spouses of clergy en_US
dc.title Facilitating the mental health of women married to ministers of religion : a psycho-educational approach en_US
dc.type Mini-Dissertation en_US


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