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Ministers' wives experience unique and excessive stress as evidenced by their rising divorce rate, a growing rebellion against "what they consider outdated notions of sacrificial servanthood, 11 and by reports from professionals who counsel them (Lavender, 1976; Molgaard, 1981; Presnell, 1977, p. 274). In studying stress and burnout for clergy, Bouma (1980), Lavender (1976), and Mace and Mace (1980) noted that although ministers encounter stress factors far beyond those for other occupations, their wives experience even greater strain. Furthermore, Lavender (1976) reported that when ministers' wives seek counseling, psychologists find that stress factors have caused them severe psychological and emotional damage due to the lack of training or support for dealing with the demands placed upon them by their husbands' careers.

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Department of Educational Administration and Counseling

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Ann Vernon


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