Fifty missionary candidates drawn from three Protestant churches were evaluated by psychological tests and clinical interviews prior to acceptance for overseas and home service. The majority of the candidates showed no severe psychological problems, being well-adjusted in their personal and professional lives. A composite profile of these candidates is presented, with reference to the candidates' motivation for entering the mission field. Six candidates were found to have moderate to severe psychological problems. These candidates had specifically chosen the mission field in an effort to resolve their underlying conflicts adaptively.
Paluszny M, Zrull JP. The New MissionaryA Review of 50 Candidates. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1971;24(4):363-366. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1971.01750100073011