Married women in missions: the effects of cross-cultural and self gender-role expectations on well-being, stress, and self-esteem.
The present study explored the effects of self-expectations and societal expectations of the host culture on the well-being of 37 married missionary women. The results did not support a relationship between the expectations of the host culture, and well-being. Homemakers appeared to be more relaxed and to experience life as more satisfying and interesting than women involved more actively in the missions task. The congruence of roles with self-expectations, role satisfaction, and freedom in choosing a role emerged as highly related to several indices of well- being. These findings highlight the centrality of freedom in choosing a role, and suggest that important subcultural differences in self-expectations exist in the Christian subculture which should be taken into account in research on women’s issues.
Women missionaries; Missionaries' spouses
Journal of Psychology & Theology
Hall, M. Elizabeth Lewis and Duvall, Nancy S., "Married women in missions: the effects of cross-cultural and self gender-role expectations on well-being, stress, and self-esteem." (2003). Faculty Articles & Research. 129.