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Predictors of depression, anxiety, and stress among clergy

The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between four predictor variables (vocational satisfaction, social support, religious doubt, and religious fundamentalism) and three outcome variables (depression, anxiety, and stress) among a Christian clergy population. A total of 1,167 surveys were sent out to Christian clergy across the U.S; 115 were returned, and 94 were used in the final analyses. Multiple regression analyses found three significant correlations, (a) a negative correlation between vocational satisfaction and depression scores, (b) a negative correlation between social support and depression scores, and (c) a negative correlation between vocational satisfaction and stress scores. These results are discussed further, including implications for clergy and mental health professionals, as well as areas in need of further research.

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