Pastoral Psychology

, Volume 61, Issue 1, pp 113–143

Health Programming for Clergy: An Overview of Protestant Programs in the United States

Authors

  • Amanda Christine Wallace
    • Duke University Divinity SchoolDuke University
    • Duke Global Health Institute, Duke Center for Health Policy and Inequalities ResearchDuke University
  • Sara LeGrand
    • Duke Center for Health Policy and Inequalities ResearchDuke University
  • John James
    • Duke University Divinity SchoolDuke University
  • Robin Swift
    • Duke University Divinity SchoolDuke University
  • David Toole
    • Duke University Divinity SchoolDuke University
  • Matthew Toth
    • Duke University Divinity SchoolDuke University
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11089-011-0382-3

Cite this article as:
Wallace, A.C., Proeschold-Bell, R.J., LeGrand, S. et al. Pastoral Psychol (2012) 61: 113. doi:10.1007/s11089-011-0382-3

Abstract

The health of clergy is important, and clergy may find health programming tailored to them more effective. Little is known about existing clergy health programs. We contacted Protestant denominational headquarters and searched academic databases and the Internet. We identified 56 clergy health programs and categorized them into prevention and personal enrichment; counseling; marriage and family enrichment; peer support; congregational health; congregational effectiveness; denominational enrichment; insurance/strategic pension plans; and referral-based programs. Only 13 of the programs engaged in outcomes evaluation. Using the Socioecological Framework, we found that many programs support individual-level and institutional-level changes, but few programs support congregational-level changes. Outcome evaluation strategies and a central repository for information on clergy health programs are needed.

Keywords

ClergyHealth behaviorEvaluationHealth programs

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