The Relationship of Clergy Burnout to Self-Compassion and Other Personality Dimensions

Journal Article

Religious leaders often experience burnout, which is characterized by emotional exhaustion and/or low satisfaction. Clergy with high emotional exhaustion feel drained and discouraged. Clergy with high satisfaction report that the ministry gives purpose and meaning to their lives. Hierarchichal regression was used to examine if current clergy's desire to please others, guilt or shame orientation, ability to be self-compassionate, and ability to differentiate self from role uniquely predicted variation in burnout. Although all personality dimensions explained significant variation in emotional satisfaction when examined individually, due to inter-correlations among predictors only self-compassion was significant in the full model. Higher self-compassion was also related to increased satisfaction in ministry. Increasing self-compassion may prevent clergy burnout. © 2011 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.

Full Text

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Barnard, LK; Curry, JF

Published Date

  • 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 61 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 149 - 163

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0031-2789

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s11089-011-0377-0