Some Reflections on the Separation Phenomenon Idiosyncratic to the Experience of Missionaries and their Children

Volume
Volume 11
Issue
Fall 1983
Title
Some Reflections on the Separation Phenomenon Idiosyncratic to the Experience of Missionaries and their Children
Abstract

This article deals with the effects of the multiple separations to which those in the mission profession, particularly their children, are constantly exposed. Its primary purpose is to share with mission leaders and fellow professionals some of the idiosyncratic forms that the universal life-long phenomenon of separation takes for missionaries in a cross-cultural situation. It is an initial step to generate research hypotheses that hopefully will result in preventive and treatment measures adapted to the needs of missionaries. Theoretically, the article draws from John Bowlby'€™s studies on the intertwined concepts of attachment, separation, and loss. It stresses the normalcy of the relatively predictable reactions that change evokes. Some intervention, primarily psychoeducative and preventive in nature are suggested for the potential and actual problems created by an overload of separations.

Author
F.J. White
Pages
181 - 188
Price
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