Psychological experiences of Korean missionary “kids” (MKs): A qualitative inquiry
Missionary kids, Korean missionaries
The present study is a qualitative investigation of the psychological experiences of children of Korean missionaries, through the eyes of Korean missionary kids (MKs) and missionary workers. A semi-structured interview was conducted with 11 MKs and MK workers, and data were analysed using the Consensual Qualitative Research method. Several domains emerged: challenges associated with the MK experience, resiliency of MKs, intrapersonal and interpersonal coping skills, mental health concerns, religion and spirituality, a complex cultural identity, preparation for college transition, and hopes for MKs and their missionary parents. Categories corresponding to the domains are highlighted. The present study addresses a need for more attention paid to the non-American MK experience, and it presents some implications for the church and higher educational institutions.
Kim, P. Y., Cheon, H., Hyun, J. H., Chang, E. S., & Yoo, H. D. (2016). Psychological experiences of Korean missionary “kids” (MKs): A qualitative inquiry. Mental Health, Religion, & Culture, 19, 1013-1027. doi: 10.1080/13674676.2017.1310830