Little research has been done to understand the minority group of Coptic Orthodoxy in America. This study examines the influence of personality on the spirituality of Oriental Orthodox priests, who account for approximately 1400 Christian leadership positions in America. The personality types of Orthodox priests are explored and evaluated in terms of their association with different aspects of spirituality. Although a variety of techniques have been used to examine this relationship among Protestant and Catholic clergy in the past, this study focuses on spirituality as defined by the God Image Inventory (Gil), the Intrinsic/Extrinsic - Revised (I/E - R), and the Religious Coping Activities Scale (RCAS). The 16-Personality Factors (16PF) is used to examine personality. Descriptive statistics reveal that no prototypical personality profile exists among Coptic Orthodox priests. Furthermore, the multiple regression analysis reveals that there are no significant relationships between personality and religious coping activities. Likewise, extraversion has no influence on spirituality, nor are intrinsic or extrinsic-social motivation related to personality. However, the four personality constructs of anxiety, tough-mindedness, independence, and self-control do have a meaningful influence on one's God image and religious motivation. This study reveals five significant relationships between specific personality and spirituality. Direction for further research is also discussed.
|Advisor:||Bustrum, Joy M.|
|School:||Azusa Pacific University|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||DAI-B 71/03, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Clerical studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Personality psychology, Spirituality|
|Keywords:||Coping, Coptic Orthodox, God image, Intrinsic-extrinsic motivation, Personality, Priests, Religious motivation|
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