Author(s)

Laurie ToneFollow

Date

11-2015

Department

Counseling Department

Degree

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Chair

Fernando Garzon

Keywords

attachment style, missionary member care, religious coping, stress perception

Disciplines

Comparative Methodologies and Theories | Counseling | Counselor Education | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion | Social and Behavioral Sciences

Abstract

This cross-sectional survey design study examined the relationships between attachment style, stress perception and religious coping in a sample of 267 cross-cultural, evangelical missionaries. No significance for effect for attachment style on perceived stress was found. However, both age and gender demonstrated significant effects on perceived stress. There was also a significant association between perception of stress and religious coping, independent of attachment style. Religious coping accounted for a small amount of the variance in perception of stress. The vast majority of the sample reported patterns of positive religious coping, which was not influenced by attachment style. A new tool for measuring missionary stress was also developed and shows good psychometric qualities. Implications for member care services and recommendations for future research are discussed.