This study investigated the degree of training, experience and interest in quantitative research among pastoral counselors. It was found that a little over half of the subjects had had at least one statistics course and thought that research was valuable. However, less than 6% had ever published research and only one subject (less than 1%) had published more than two quantitative articles. This suggests there is a "research vacuum" in the field of pastoral counseling. There is no "scientific core" of scholars publishing a systematic program of research. Recommendations for ways to involve pastoral counselors more actively in research are made.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Social Psychology
- Religious studies
- Applied Psychology
- Sociology and Political Science