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Emotional, Social, and Spiritual Well-Being of GLB Clergy.

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One of the strongest sources of anti-gay discriminatory rhetoric comes from various religious traditions. In spite of such animosity, gay, lesbian, and bisexual (GLB) people continue to claim their place at the table and a number of religious leaders with same-sex sexual orientation continue to work within their religious denominations. The present study utilized quantitative and qualitative methods to gather information on this unique sample of GLB population: GLB clergy. In particular, the study examines the levels of self esteem, social support, stress over sexual orientation, religious orientation, and spiritual well-being in a sample of 32 religious leaders who identify themselves as gay, lesbian, or bisexual. Furthermore, this study examines the effects of religious backgrounds (i.e., conservative) and practices (i.e., conversion therapy) on GLB clergy's emotional, spiritual, and relational health. (Contains 48 references.) (JDM)

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Author:Yakushko, Oksana
Publication:ERIC: Reports
Date:Aug 1, 2001
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