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Pastoral Psychology

, Volume 68, Issue 3, pp 261–269 | Cite as

Just how Emotionally Intelligent are Religious Leaders in Britain? A Study among Anglican Clergy in Wales

  • Leslie J. FrancisEmail author
  • V. John Payne
  • Neville J. Emslie
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Abstract

This study explores the profile of 364 Anglican clergy serving in the Church in Wales (264 clergymen, 93 clergywomen, and 7 who did not disclose their sex) on the Schutte Emotional Intelligence Scale. The data confirm the finding from three earlier studies of church leaders in Britain that both male and female clergy in Britain record significantly lower levels of emotional intelligence in comparison with the standardization data published for this scale. Closer investigation of the scale items, however, questions whether this instrument may offer a fair assessment of the kind of emotional intelligence best suited for pastoral ministry.

Keywords

Emotional intelligence Clergy Anglican church Psychology Religion 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Warwick Religions & Education Research Unit, Centre for Education StudiesUniversity of WarwickCoventryUK

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