Date of Award


Degree Name



College of Liberal Arts

Type of Degree


Document Type


First Advisor

Karen Simpkins

Second Advisor

Nicholas Freidin

Third Advisor

Richard Garnett


The purpose of this study is to discover the results of the effects of stereotypes and under what conditions certain stereotypes occur. The focus of this study is to examine stereotypes connected to the children of a Protestant minister and the spouses of those children. Ethnographic interviews and surveys show that the stereotype does exist in two distinct ways. Children of ministers are expected to either be rebellious hellions or they are expected to be perfect role models. The stereotypes affect the respondents more as children and teenagers than as adults unless as an adult the child still attends the same church as the minister parent. Adult children of ministers not in the same church do not experience the stereotype as they had as children. The in-laws of ministers do not experience the same stereotypes that their spouses have and in some cases, not at all.