Bishop & Spouse Study

Emotional Health and Wellness of Bishops and Bishop Spouses Study

Funded by the College for Bishops and CREDO Institute, Inc., this research is being conducted by professors and doctoral students at the University of Cincinnati to study the wellness and life balance of Episcopal bishops and their spouses.

The goal is to better understand the well-being of bishops and their spouses by applying theory and research in the work-home area.  Research has documented encroachments of work upon family and family upon work, as well as the positive enrichment that sometimes exists.  It is important to assess the extent to which encroachment and enrichment impact the lives and well-being of bishops and their spouses.    

Specifically, this project has a three-fold purpose:   

  • To address the needs of the College for Bishops and its collaborative partners for a greater understanding of well-being and work-home relationships among bishops and their spouses
  • To advance academic understanding of work-home dynamics among new and existing leaders across the life course
  • To gain a more current, 21st century perspective of the well-being of bishops and their spouses.      

The objective of researchers at the University of Cincinnati is to produce a publication from this analysis, and to extend the work-family literature through use of the dyadic unit analysis method, approaching work-family conflict and enrichment from the perspective of the bishop family unit.