Examining Depression, Self-Stigma, Caregiver Role Identity, and Self-Compassion in Clergy Help-Seeking Attitudes
Counseling and Values
Clergy provide guidance and support; they also experience psychological distress. While clergy may seek support, they underutilize professional psychological services. This study examines the relationships among depression, self-stigma of help-seeking, caregiver role identity, self-compassion, and attitudes toward psychological help-seeking in a majority Christian clergy sample. Self-compassion predicted self-stigma of help-seeking and was associated with depressive symptom levels, caregiver role identity, and help-seeking attitudes. Findings also revealed that caregiver role identity did not relate to clergy self-stigma, but caregiver role identity was associated with higher levels of depressive symptoms. Findings inform recommendations for supporting clergy mental health.
clergy, self-compassion, self-stigma, help-seeking attitudes, caregiver identity
Sager K, Duan C, Lawrence R, Warlick CA. Examining Depression, Self-Stigma, Caregiver Role Identity, and Self-Compassion in Clergy Help-Seeking Attitudes. Counseling and Values. 2022; 67(2). doi: 10.1163/2161007X-67020001.