Family, Home, and Social Sciences
First Faculty Advisor
First Faculty Reader
Missionaries, emotional abuse, bullying, religion, vulnerabilities, safeguards
This project aims to better understand the vulnerabilities of missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as they relate to emotional abuse stemming from companions, mission leaders, and those they teach. It compiles the current research on relationship abuse and draws connections between these issues and missionaries. Emotional abuse is defined. We review various elements of missionary life, including the age of missionaries, religious pressures, pressures inherent in missionary life, and cultural naiveté. Each of these is tied to potential weaknesses in which emotional abuse can impact the life and relationships of a missionary. Suggestions for safeguards are given, and ideas for future research are presented.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Sowa Ray, Rachel, "Missionaries and Manipulation: Exploring Vulnerabilities and Safeguards for Young Missionaries in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints" (2022). Undergraduate Honors Theses. 268.