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International Study of Chaplains’ Attitudes About Research

Snowden, Austyn; Fitchett, George; Grossoehme, Daniel H; Handzo, George; Kelly, Ewan; King, Stephen D W; Telfer, Iain; Tan, Heather; Flannelly, Kevin J


George Fitchett

Daniel H Grossoehme

George Handzo

Ewan Kelly

Stephen D W King

Iain Telfer

Heather Tan

Kevin J Flannelly


An online survey was conducted by twelve professional chaplain organizations to assess chaplains’ attitudes about and involvement in research. A total of 2,092 chaplains from 23 countries responded to the survey. Over 80% thought research was definitely important and nearly 70% thought chaplains should definitely be research literate. Just over 40% said they regularly read research articles and almost 60% said they occasionally did. The respondents rated their own research literacy as 6.5 on a 0–10 scale. Significant positive inter-correlations were found among all four measures: importance of (a) research and (b) research literacy; (c) frequency of reading articles; and (d) research literacy rating. Approximately 35% were never involved, 37% had been involved, 17% were currently involved, and 11% expected to be involved in research. The last three groups were significantly more likely to think research and research literacy were important and to read research articles than chaplains who were never involved in research. Given chaplains’ interest in research, actions should be undertaken to facilitate further research engagement.


Snowden, A., Fitchett, G., Grossoehme, D. H., Handzo, G., Kelly, E., King, S. D. W., …Flannelly, K. J. (2017). International Study of Chaplains’ Attitudes About Research. Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy, 23(1), 34-43.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 3, 2016
Online Publication Date Nov 21, 2016
Publication Date Jan 2, 2017
Deposit Date Jan 16, 2017
Publicly Available Date Nov 22, 2017
Journal Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy
Print ISSN 0885-4726
Electronic ISSN 1528-6916
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 23
Issue 1
Pages 34-43
Keywords attitudes, chaplain, international, research, survey
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