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|Title:||Special people? An exploratory study into re-entering missionaries' identity and resilience|
|Citation:||Journal of Religion & Health, 2011; 50(4):1007-1023|
|Publisher:||Kluwer Academic-Human Sciences Press|
|Susan Selby, Annette Braunack-Mayer, Alison Jones, Sheila Clark, Nicole Moulding and Justin Beilby|
|Abstract:||Home country re-entry from cross-cultural missionary work abroad may be associated with psychological distress. Re-entrants experience multiple losses including loss of identity which may be associated with personal/relational identity gaps and depersonalization/dehumanization. However, research suggests that some re-entrants are resilient with good mental health, while others are fragile with poor mental health. The aims of this paper are to explore the nature and frequency of re-entering missionaries’ identity gaps and their depersonalization/dehumanization in resilient and fragile re-entrants. Fifteen re-entering adult Australian cross-cultural missionary workers from four interdenominational Australian mission organizations completed semi-structured interviews. Results were analysed using modified Consensual Qualitative Research methods. Links were established between personal/relational identity gaps, depersonalization/dehumanization and resilience on re-entry. Implications for re-entrants’ care are discussed with suggestions for further research.|
|Keywords:||Resilience; Missionaries; Mental health; Acculturation; Social identity; Depression; Reverse culture shock|
|Rights:||© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2010|
|Appears in Collections:||General Practice publications|
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