Evaluating Impact of Transition Seminars on Missionary Kids' Depression, Anxiety, Stress & Well-being

Volume
Volume 38
Issue
Fall 2010
Title
Evaluating Impact of Transition Seminars on Missionary Kids' Depression, Anxiety, Stress & Well-being
Abstract

Missionary Kids (MKs) are included in a broader population defined as Third Culture Kids (TCKs), children who are raised outside of their parents' home cultures (Pollock & Van Reken, 2001). This upbringing affords positive opportunities to experience diverse cultures but may also contribute to identity struggles and feelings of cultural isolation (Gillies, 1998; Hill, 2006; Pollock, 1989). To facilitate successful transitions from living overseas to the US, several reentry programs have been developed, but their effectiveness has not been examined. In this exploratory study the efficacy of a 13-day MK Transitions Seminar was measured. Participants' pre and post-test scores on the Depression Anxiety and Stress Scale-21 and the Psychological General Well-Being Index indicated a significant reduction in levels of depression, anxiety, and stress, as well as significant improvement in overall psychological well-being. The findings and limitations of this study and implications for future studies are discussed.

Authors
P. Davis, K. Headley, T. Bazemore, J. Cervo, P. Sickinger, M. Windham and Dr. M. Rehfuss
Pages
186 - 194
Price
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