Master of Arts (MA)
Faculty of Science
The focus of the present study was the acculturation process of missionaries residing in foreign countries. Combining two theoretical frameworks (religious orientations and sojourner acculturation), the study explored the relationship between the stress/adjustment model of acculturation and religious orientations. Seventy-six missionaries, posted overseas for at least one year, completed several measures, including measures of religious orientation, perceived stress, religious coping, adjustment and anxiety. It was found that quest and immanent religious orientations were negatively correlated with perceived stress while positively correlated with posting satisfaction. Intrinsic religious orientation was found to be negatively correlated with both measures of anxiety and depression. Further research needs to be conducted on missionaries’ acculturation process and the impact that religious beliefs can have on that acculturation.
Navara, Geoffrey S., "Acculturation of missionaries: Religious orientation, coping and adjustment" (2001). Theses and Dissertations (Comprehensive). 710.