8 research outputs found

    Clergy Interest in Innovative Collaboration with Psychologists

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    What forms of innovative collaboration are possible between clergy and psychologists? A total of 117 clergypersons (63% response rate) rated 6 scenarios of collaboration, indicating their level of interest and the extent to which they would like to remain involved with the psychologist. The scenarios were derived from two categories of collaboration articulated by in previous research: mental health services and enhancing parish life. Overall, clergy expressed relatively modest levels of interest in innovative collaboration, though they were somewhat interested in mental health consultation services. Many clergy refer troubled parishioners to clinical or counseling psychologists for treatment, but appear less interested in more innovative forms of collaboration

    Care For Pastors: Learning From Clergy and Their Spouses

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    Pastors and their spouses face unique challenges because of the nature of pastoral work, and yet most manage these challenges successfully. Five studies are presented which help distinguish between intrapersonal, family, and community forms of care. Pastors rely heavily on intrapersonal forms of coping such as spiritual devotion, hobbies, exercise, and taking time away from work. The marriage relationship is also quite important for most clergy and spouses. Relationships outside the immediate family are not commonly identified as coping resources. Implications are discussed

    Employee Benefits and Social Welfare: Complement and Conflict

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    Employee benefits constitute a major vehicle for the provision of income security for Americans. Since the 1940s, wage supplements, particularly in the form of pensions and health insurance, have expanded to provide protections that are the province of public programs in most other Western countries. Building upon the precedents of the welfare capitalism of the early 1900s, the growth of employee benefits has been actively stimulated by federal tax and regulatory policies. The emergence of employee benefits as a major source of income security and health insurance has reduced the aggregate need for public programs, but it has left those in lower-paying, less stable jobs-disproportionately women and minorities—both unprotected and with fewer political allies to press for improved protections. The implementation of the employee benefit programs has also created financial interests in the existing structure that would resist changes that would diminish their role.Peer Reviewedhttp://deepblue.lib.umich.edu/bitstream/2027.42/67572/2/10.1177_000271628547900107.pd

    Non-suicidal Self-Injury and Firesetting: Shared and Unique Correlates Among School-Based Adolescents

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    Distinct behaviors such as non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) and firesetting may represent functionally equivalent attempts to regulate difficult affective/cognitive or social experiences during adolescence. This study examined possible mechanisms leading to NSSI, as opposed to firesetting, as well as co-occurrence of these behaviors. Participants aged 12–18 years (N = 2,356; 67.5 % female) completed self-report questionnaires measuring NSSI and firesetting, as well as socio-demographic and psychosocial factors including personality traits related to impulsivity and anxiety, negative life events, emotion regulation, and coping. The findings indicated the presence of general risk factors (e.g., negative life events and poor coping) that increase the likelihood that adolescents will engage in any of a range of maladaptive behaviors. The probability of at-risk adolescents engaging in NSSI was increased by psychological states (i.e., rumination and poor self-esteem), whereas socio-demographic and personality traits were associated with firesetting. Implications for prevention and early intervention initiatives are discussed