Here are highlights:
- TS was reported by 80.1% of respondents
- Even when stress occurred ten years earlier, one-third of respondents still experienced symptoms that included fatigue, depression, withdrawal, irritability, intrusive thoughts, sleep disturbances, concentration difficulties, emotional numbing, and impact on job performance.
- Two-thirds of respondents also reported positive growth as the result of their stress.
- Catastrophes have less permanent impact than non-catastrophic stresses.
- Non-catastrophic TS often came from peers, concerns about safety, or work stress. The largest source of stress was from “system failure” – “various forms of interpersonal relationships with sending organizations and supervisory personnel.” TS symptoms were fewer when sending agencies were attentive and supportive.
- Younger missionaries were more likely to experience permanent negative effects than respondents who were older. The researchers conclude that this may be due to generational differences rather than to differences in experience or maturity.
SOURCE: Gary R. Collins NEWSLETTER 245 – MAY 31, 2007 (firstname.lastname@example.org)