The personality profile of female Anglican clergy in Britain and Ireland

Archive for the Psychology of Religion 25 (1):222-231 (2003)
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Abstract

A sample of 523 newly ordained female Anglican clergy in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales completed the Eysenck Personality Profiler. The data demonstrated that the female clergy tended to be less extravert than women in general, less neurotic than women in general, and less toughminded than women in general. These findings help to clarify the way in which women clergy tend to project a characteristically masculine personality profile in respect of one major dimension of personality, but a characteristically feminine personality profile in respect of the other two major dimensions of personality.

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Leslie Francis
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