The priest's husband.

Research paper by Nancy N Van Dyke Platt, David M DM Moss

Indexed on: 11 Jul '09Published on: 11 Jul '09Published in: Journal of Religion and Health


Clergy self-concepts provide an important resource for research into the psychosocial pressures that often breed domestic tension and marital discord in ministerial families. More than 30 years ago the Journal of Religion and Health published (15:3, 1976) Platt and Moss's initial study of clergy families, research focused on the self-perceptions of the wives of Episcopal priests. That investigation explored some of the intrapsychic ingredients and interpersonal concerns of these women. Platt and Moss [corrected] now concentrate [corrected] on clergy spouses from a different vantage point--the [corrected] historically recent phenomenon of the Episcopal priest's husband. This article grows out of the first formal study of such a growing parochial reality. Husbands of priests present novel issues because there has never been anyone like them before. They are men who will inevitably find themselves confronted by congregational expectations that can modify their self-concepts and retailer their marriages, "for better or for worse".