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Relevant Research Projects

Shepherd’s Fold provides an ever growing library of relevant research projects related to a ministers well-being.

Retired Ministers Well-being project

In 2019 Shepherd’s Fold, commissioned life-way research to conduct the first ever multi-denominational  study of retired ministers. 2,451 retired ministers participated, measuring well-being related to a retired ministers social, spiritual, and financial health

Archived Projects

  • Retirement Psychological Profile.

    Based on her study with retirees, Dr. Schlossberg identified the following ways in which people approach retirement:

    • Continuers who continued using existing skills and interests;
    • Adventurers who start entirely new endeavors;
    • Searchers who explore new options through trial and error;
    • Easy Gliders who enjoy unscheduled time letting each day unfold;
    • Involved Spectators who care deeply about the world, but engage in less active ways;
    • Retreaters who take time out or disengage from life.
  • Retiring Minds Want to Know.  This research project includes calculating the importance of community during the transition to retirement as well as such topics as bridging to retirement years related to employment.  
  • Psychology and Aging. Psychology and Aging® publishes original articles that significantly advance knowledge about adult development and aging. The primary focus of the journal is on reports of novel empirical findings that inform theories related to the psychological science of aging and adult development.
  • Assessing & Mitigating Loneliness and Isolation in Older Adults.  Loneliness impacts health in similar ways as smoking!  This article provides a framework for healthcare systems, providers, and community members working with older adults to (1) understand loneliness, isolation, and its counterpart social connection; (2) describe the different ways loneliness affects health; and (3) create a framework for asking about and documenting these experiences. Finally, because the lack of studies assessing whether targeting loneliness can improve health outcomes is a major gap, we provide guidance on the future of interventions. 
  • UCLA Loneliness Scale.  This is leading scale designed to measure, “one’s subjective feelings of loneliness as well as feelings of social isolation.”  Many projects and articles can be found related to this scale through a simple internet search, but this gives the best outline and presentation of the scale.