Who Perseveres? A Discriminant Analysis of Missionary School Personnel by Intention to Extend Service

Volume
Volume 23
Issue
Summer 1995
Title
Who Perseveres? A Discriminant Analysis of Missionary School Personnel by Intention to Extend Service
Abstract

Organizational commitment theory was employed in this descriptive study of 394 staff members of overseas schools for missionaries' children to determine the combination of variables which best distinguishes those intending to extend their service overseas from those not extending service or undecided. The discriminant functions indicate that the variables which best discriminate MK school personnel are affective commitment, years worked overseas, and being married. Additional influential variables for married MK school personnel include age (being younger than average) and perceiving that one's spouse is satisfied with his or her work or role. For single MK school personnel, being older is associated with continuance rather than being younger, along with affective commitment. Cultural adjustment is influential in distinguishing singles' continuance intention but not marrieds'. Policy implications were offered to promote person-organization linkages.

Author
Dr. D.K. Wilcox
Pages
101 - 114
Price
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