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Exploring affect balance: Psychological wellbeing of Church of England clergy and laity during the COVID-19 pandemic

Village, Andrew ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2174-8822 and Francis, Leslie J. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2946-9980 (2021) Exploring affect balance: Psychological wellbeing of Church of England clergy and laity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Religion and Health.

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Abstract

Psychological wellbeing was assessed by affect balance (a function of negative and positive affect) during the first COVID-19 lockdown in 2020 among 4,449 clergy and laity in the Church of England. Better wellbeing was promoted by preference for feeling over thinking in the psychological type judging process, being older, belonging to the Evangelical wing of the Church and living in rural areas. Psychological wellbeing was lowered among people with a general tendency toward neuroticism, among those with an Epimethean (SJ) psychological temperament, among Anglo-Catholics, among those living in inner cities, among clergy, and among those living with children under 13. The mitigating effects of relevant support were evident for both clergy and lay people, and a key finding was that it was those sources of support that were least often rated highly that may have had the strongest positive effects on wellbeing, particularly on those groups where wellbeing was lowest.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10943-021-01225-6
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF511-593 Affection. Feeling. Emotion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF636 Applied psychology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
School/Department: School of Humanities
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/5027

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