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Type: Journal article
Title: Resilience in re-entering missionaries: why do some do well?
Author: Selby, S.
Braunack-Mayer, A.
Moulding, N.
Jones, A.
Clark, S.
Beilby, J.
Citation: Mental Health, Religion and Culture, 2009; 12(7):701-720
Publisher: Routledge
Issue Date: 2009
ISSN: 1367-4676
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Susan P. Selby, Annette Braunack-Mayer, Nicole Moulding, Alison Jones, Sheila Clark and Justin Beilby
Abstract: Re-entry to their country of origin is a significant disruption for a number of sojourners including missionaries. Although missionary re-entry has been studied in depth for over 20 years, little is known about what makes a missionary resilient to the challenges experienced in the stressful re-entry environment. Research suggests there are psychological, social, spiritual, and biological constructs connected with resilience. The aim of this paper is to answer the question ‘‘Why do some re-entering missionaries do well while others do not?’’ Fifteen adult Australian Christian cross-cultural missionary workers from four interdenominational Australian evangelical mission organisations completed semi-structured interviews and a survey. Results were analysed in two stages using modified consensual qualitative research methods. Links were established between resilience on re-entry and flexibility, expectancy, self-determination, denial using minimisation, mental health, social support, reintegration and personal spiritual connection with God. Implications for missionary care are discussed with suggestions for further research.
Keywords: resilience
mental health
Rights: Copyright 2009 Taylor & Francis
DOI: 10.1080/13674670903131868
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