A national survey of bishops' wives was conducted to determine whether Reuben Hill's "Roller Coaster" model of family stress following a stressor event should be modified to include a honeymoon period when the precipitating event is viewed positively by the family. The honeymoon period was expected to be within the first year, and too few respondents were in their first year to give statistically significant evidence of such a pattern. Several measures did give non-significant evidence of a honeymoon phase, though.
Other factors found to have an important effect on the stressfulness of the position of bishop's wife were: age of the woman (positive effect), presence and age of children (no children or only older children at home is less stressful), and whether or not the wife has a friend or relative to talk to who is also a bishop's wife (which improves overall rating of the position).
College and Department
Family, Home, and Social Sciences; Sociology
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Adams, Marguerite Irene, "Family Stress and the Role of the Mormon Bishop's Wife" (1991). Theses and Dissertations. 4456.
Mormon women, Mormon Church, Bishops, Mormon families, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Family, Religious life