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In researching their book, What's Happening to Clergy Marriages?, David and Vera Mace learned that 50 percent of pastors and 69 percent of pastors' wives felt they needed help in handling negative emotions such as anger. They also learned the following about these marriages:

¥ Fifty percent of the husbands and 55 percent of the wives needed help in communicating with each other

¥ Forty percent of husbands and 55 percent of wives needed help in family devotions.

¥ Only 21 percent of husbands and 23 percent of wives needed help in matters concerning sexuality.

¥ In money management, 13 percent of husbands and 27 percent of wives needed help.

In a survey of pastors' wives only, the authors found:

¥ Sixty-eight percent felt they needed more time alone with their husbands.

¥ Forty-eight percent felt they needed help in better understanding their roles as pastors' wives.

¥ Only 20 percent needed help in understanding their attitudes toward women's liberation.

In another survey for pastors and their wives, ...

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