College of Arts and Sciences
Psychology: Human Services Counseling
Primary Subject Area
Missionary, Burnout, Counseling, Stressors, Attrition
Schellenberger, Kyra, "A Comprehensive and Individual Perspective: A New Model for Assessing Missionary Needs in Order to Prevent Burnout" (2012). Senior Honors Theses. Paper 273.
In the last 20-30 years, missionary burnout has become a popular topic in the missionary care and support community. Although much research has been done on the issue, few studies have provided a comprehensive approach to the study and appropriate care of these missionaries. The goal of this research was to present a model that more accurately represented missionary struggles while incorporating past findings on missionary burnout. Four retired missionaries were interviewed about their experiences on the field, and their estimation of the model’s relevancy and helpfulness. Despite similar experiences amongst the participants, the responses further confirmed the individual nature of the struggles missionaries face. The interview data supported the model, and provided further steps for research and development.