Predictors of Reverse Culture Shock among North American Church of Christ Missionaries

Volume
Volume 15
Issue
Winter 1987
Title
Predictors of Reverse Culture Shock among North American Church of Christ Missionaries
Abstract

The development of the Moore-Austin Reverse Culture Shock Scale (RCS) was an attempt to identify reentry adjustment difficulties among missionary adults. The subjects of the study were 255 North American Church of Christ missionaries. A 12-page questionnaire which included the RCS was mailed to each subject. The following variables were determined, through multiple regression analysis, to be significantly correlated with RCS scores: education level prior to mission assignment, months in last location, age range upon last return, marital status, expectation of difficulty, and type of school attended before mission assignment. Responses to open-ended questions suggested that there are difficulties encountered upon reentry which were not included in the RCS scale. Procedures such as factor analysis might be used in order to ascertain the major areas of difficulty which need to be included in future instruments.

Authors
L. Moore, Dr. B.V. Jones and Dr. C.N. Austin
Pages
336 - 341
Price
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