I occasionally hear through the survivor community grapevine about academic-level research being done on issues related to survivors of spiritual abuse. When I do, I encourage people to participate. The resulting research data and descriptions have proven valuable to our communities. Here is an opportunity to respond to a doctoral research project on clergy misconduct.
This research focuses on clergy misconduct of a nonsexual nature. Case study participants are needed for a detailed online survey about what they experienced. It’s an anonymous survey using SurveyMonkey, and participants from any country worldwide are welcomed!
The requirements for participants:
- At least 20 years old.
- The person had something happen that reflects wrongdoing by a specific pastor (misuse of authority, breaking confidentiality, crossing boundaries, something financial, etc.).
- The wrongdoing was not sexual.
- It happened more than one year ago.
- The church where this happened was Protestant (Lutheran, Baptist, Alliance, United, Pentecostal, etc.).
- The person was a member of the church or a regular attender.
- The person was an adult when this happened.
The SurveyMonkey link for the study is:
The opening pages explain more about the survey, its purposes, and its length.
The study is being done by Marlis Krueger through California Southern University. Results will be accessible on the university website in approximately six months.
Thanks for considering participation in this important study!