Death Attitudes in Clergy Work: Death Attitudes and Their Linkage to Work Orientation and Wellbeing among the Finnish Clergy

Abstract In this study, the focus is on death attitudes among the clergy in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland and their role in clergy work. The aim is to find out whether these attitudes have any practical relevance in clergy work and to see if the death attitudes are linked to the work or...

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Published in:Journal of empirical theology
Main Author: Tervo-Niemelä, Kati 1972-
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: Brill 2020
In: Journal of empirical theology
Year: 2020, Volume: 33, Issue: 2, Pages: 178-196
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Suomen evankelis-luterilainen kirkko / Pastor / Death / Employment / Wellness
IxTheo Classification:KBE Northern Europe; Scandinavia
KDD Protestant Church
RB Church office; congregation
ZD Psychology
Further subjects:B work wellbeing
B Death Attitude Profile-Revised
B Work orientation
B Fear of death
B Death Anxiety
B Clergy
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Summary:Abstract In this study, the focus is on death attitudes among the clergy in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland and their role in clergy work. The aim is to find out whether these attitudes have any practical relevance in clergy work and to see if the death attitudes are linked to the work orientation and wellbeing among the clergy. The death attitudes are measured by the Death Attitude Profile-Revised DAP-R (N=650). The results show that death attitudes have a multifaceted role in clergy work. Negative death attitudes were linked to an outward motivational orientation in work and lower levels of work wellbeing, and positive, on the other hand, to lower levels of burnout and higher levels of work engagement. These results show the importance of the competence related to death in clergy work and these notions should be acknowledged in the education and further education of the clergy.
ISSN:1570-9256
Contains:Enthalten in: Journal of empirical theology
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1163/15709256-12341399