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The Personality Characteristics of Methodist Ministers: Feminine Men and Masculine Women?

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A detailed questionnaire was mailed to every Methodist minister engaged in circuit ministry in Great Britain. Each of the 1,339 respondents completed the Revised Eysenck Personality Questionnaire (EPQR-S). The male ministers recorded lower psychoticism scores than the male population norms. The female ministers recorded lower neuroticism scores than the female population norms. These findings support the view that ministry may appeal particularly to men who value and display the tender-minded personality characteristics associated with femininity and to women who value and display the stable personality characteristics associated with masculinity. Implications of these findings for ministry are discussed.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: University of Wales, 2: Trinity College, Carmarthen

Publication date: March 1, 2001

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