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JONCK, Petronella; LE ROUX, Anda  and  HOFFMAN, Lizette. A quantitative investigation of the influence of some demographic variables as it pertains to clergywomen. In Skriflig (Online) [online]. 2013, vol.47, n.1, pp.258-265. ISSN 2305-0853.

This article investigates the attitude of church members towards clergywomen. For the purpose of this research project, the following research question has been formulated: What is church members' attitude towards clergywomen in the congregation? This research question was explored by means of the following hypothesis: There are statistically significant differences between church members' attitude towards clergywomen and a number of demographic variables such as geographic location, gender, marital status and age. A total of 1052 respondents that included 326 (31%) members of the Dutch Reformed Church family, 311 (29%) members of the Christian Revival Church, 217 (21%) members of the Reformed Church and 198 (19%) members of the Roman Catholic Church were involved. Data were gathered by means of a biographic questionnaire and the Petro Jonck Attitude towards Female Officebearers Questionnaire. Multivariate analysis of variance was applied. A statistical analysis indicated that church members assume a positive attitude with regard to female office-bearers. Furthermore, it was concluded that gender, marital status and geographic location exerted the greatest influence on the dependent variable (attitude towards clergywomen) while, academic qualification had no statistically significant influence.

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