Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
attachment style, missionary member care, religious coping, stress perception
Comparative Methodologies and Theories | Counseling | Counselor Education | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion | Social and Behavioral Sciences
Tone, Laurie, "Exploring the Relationship between Attachment Style, Stress Perception, and Religious Coping in the Evangelical Missionary Population" (2015). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 1099.
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.