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April 1971

The New Missionary: A Review of 50 Candidates

Author Affiliations

Ann Arbor, Mich
From the Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan Medical School, and the Out-patient Service, Children's Psychiatric Hospital, Ann Arbor, Mich.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1971;24(4):363-366. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1971.01750100073011

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.

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