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Depression in African American Clergy

Depression in African American Clergy

by Wynnetta Wimberley
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Publication Date: 06/09/2016
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In this book Wynnetta Wimberley addresses the often overlooked crisis of depression in African American clergy, investigating the causes underlying this phenomenon while discussing possible productive paths forward. Historically, many African American pastors have had to assume multiple roles in order to meet the needs of congregants impacted by societal oppression. Due to the monumental significance of the preacher in the African American religious tradition, there exists a type of 'cultural sacramentalization' of the Black preacher, which sets clergy up for failure by fostering isolation, highly internalized and external expectations, and a loss of self-awareness. Utilizing Donald Winnicott's theory of the 'true' and 'false' self, Wimberley examines how depression can emerge from this psycho-socio-theological conflict. When pastors are depressed, they are more prone to encounter difficulties in their personal and professional relationships. Drawing from a communal-contextual model of pastoral theology, this text offers a therapeutically sensitive response to African American clergy suffering with depression.
ISBN:
9781349949090
9781349949090
Category:
Social & cultural anthropology
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
06-09-2016
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
120
Dimensions (mm):
210x148x15mm
Weight:
2.84kg

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