The missionary experience may exceed the stress-hardiness level of some missionaries. Professional observations over the past six years have prompted a survey of factors involved. Six special areas considered are: (1) Comparative models of life sequences; (2) Selected factors in stress; (3) Diversity of mission administrative and priority patterns; (4) Women in mission relationships (5) End-of-mission and after-mission considerations; and, (6) Stress disorder parallels. Suggestions are made for some conceptual frameworks to help in further study of these areas, including a proposal to recognize as a clinical entity a mission-related stress disorder.
Thomas, Madison H. and Thomas, Marian P.
"The LDS Missionary Experience: Observations on Stress,"
Issues in Religion and Psychotherapy: Vol. 15
, Article 6.
Available at: http://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/irp/vol15/iss2/6