The development and demonstration of a positive personal construct of homosexuality among pastors: A phenomenological exploration

Darlene Roberta Kelley Scott, University of Pennsylvania

Abstract

Even after three decades of affirming discourse about homosexuality by academicians, theologians, and clergy there is no empirical research pertinent to understanding how pastors develop and demonstrate their personal construct of homosexuality.^ The purpose of this study was to discover how 27 pastors who serve churches affiliated with the Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists (AWAB) integrated scriptural text, tradition, personal experiences, and reason into a positive personal construct that directed their thinking and to explain why they publicly act on their unconditional acceptance of homosexual persons. This inquiry used indepth, open-ended interviews with 27 AWAB pastors in order to understand their personal construct processes with regard to homosexuality.^ The constant comparative method of data analysis was used in conjunction with grounded theory. No specific theory was hypothesized at the outset of the study. The outcome of this research was the development of The Personal Construct Process Model. Use of this Model provides churches, families, educational institutions, community groups, government agencies, and the military with an introductory tool for use toward the understanding of construct development and an understanding of differences. Implications of this study emphasize the importance of teaching critical thinking skills early and continuously throughout every facet of life. Suggestions for future research focus on theological educational institutions and educational programs within denominations and local churches. ^

Subject Area

Religion, Clergy|Education, Religious

Recommended Citation

Darlene Roberta Kelley Scott, "The development and demonstration of a positive personal construct of homosexuality among pastors: A phenomenological exploration" (January 1, 1996). Dissertations available from ProQuest. Paper AAI9712945.
http://repository.upenn.edu/dissertations/AAI9712945

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