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Religions 2011, 2(3), 389-397; doi:10.3390/rel2030389

Women Priests in the Church of England: Psychological Type Profile

University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL, UK
Glyndŵr University, Plas Coch Campus, Wrexham, LL11 2AW, UK
Moor Green Lane, Moseley, Birmingham, B13 8NE, UK
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Received: 7 June 2011 / Accepted: 5 July 2011 / Published: 25 August 2011
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Women and Religious Authority)
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This study employed psychological type theory and measurement to explore the psychological profile of women priests ordained in the Church of England. A sample of 83 Anglican clergywomen in England completed the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). The data demonstrated clear preferences for introversion (63%) over extraversion (37%), for intuition (60%) over sensing (40%), for feeling (76%) over thinking (24%), and for judging (55%) over perceiving (45%). In terms of dominant types, 37% were dominant feelers, 31% dominant intuitives, 23% dominant sensers, and 8% dominant thinkers. These findings are discussed to illuminate the preferred ministry styles of Anglican clergywomen in England and to highlight the significant differences between the psychological type profile of clergywomen and the UK female population norms. View Full-Text
Keywords: psychology; religion; clergy; female; Myers Briggs Type Indicator; Anglican psychology; religion; clergy; female; Myers Briggs Type Indicator; Anglican
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Francis, L.J.; Robbins, M.; Whinney, M. Women Priests in the Church of England: Psychological Type Profile. Religions 2011, 2, 389-397.

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