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The experience of parents of early returned missionaries
Issues in Religion and Psychotherapy (2017)
  • Krisistine J Doty-Yells
  • Harmony Packer
  • Malisa M. Drake-Brooks
  • Russell T Warne, Utah Valley University
  • Cameron John, Utah Valley University
This paper shares the results of a mixed methods study designed to understand the lived experiences of parents of early-returned LDS missionaries. Researchers conducted two focus groups of parents (n = 7) and developed and administered a survey (n = 199). The study considered the phenomenon through the theoretical lenses of Kübler-Ross's model of grief and Boss's model of ambiguous loss. The results suggested that parents struggle with the early-return process,t eh lack of communication with mission presidents, a perceived lack of support from some church leaders and ward members, and personal adjustment to their child's early return. Clinical implications include suggestions for improved parental adjustment and seven assumptions regarding ambiguous loss.
  • Mormon studies,
  • Religious studies,
  • Mixed methods,
  • Early returning LDS missionaries
Publication Date
September 27, 2017
Citation Information
Krisistine J Doty-Yells, Harmony Packer, Malisa M. Drake-Brooks, Russell T Warne, et al.. "The experience of parents of early returned missionaries" Issues in Religion and Psychotherapy Vol. 38 Iss. 1 (2017) p. 40 - 51
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