Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Perceptions of Marriage: A study of perceptions of marital satisfaction, positive illusions and idealistic distortion by clergy and laity
by Cammarano, Peter J., Jr., D.Min., Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, 2011, 97; 3457716
Abstract (Summary)

This study compared marital satisfaction evaluations of clergy and laity, exploring the roles of idealization, idealistic distortion and positive illusions in clergy perceptions. The study utilized a modified version of the ENRICH Marital Satisfaction scale and a random sample of clergy and lay participants (N=272) from United Methodist congregations in the United States. Clergy self ratings were relatively higher than lay self ratings and higher than their ratings of others' marriages. Since clergy often provide premarital and pastoral care in the midst of marriage, an accurate assessment of marital satisfaction is vital to their effectiveness as caregivers.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hogue, David
Commitee: Poling, James, Waters, Brent
School: Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
Department: Graduate School
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: DAI-A 72/08, Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Pastoral Counseling, Theology, Counseling Psychology
Keywords: Clergy, Idealistic distortion, Marital satisfaction, Perception, Positive illusion, Resurrection
Publication Number: 3457716
ISBN: 9781124686226
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