Date of Award


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology

First Advisor

Dr. Edward L. Trembley

Second Advisor

Dr. Patrick Munley

Third Advisor

Dr. Karen Blaisure

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Donna Talbot


This qualitative dissertation study was designed to investigate how adults who were raised as children of missionaries made meaning of their past transcultural experiences. The purpose of the dissertation study was to provide a better psychological understanding of how children of missionaries are influenced in adulthood by their past experiences. Using methods based on Grounded Theory, interviews with 16 adult missionary children were conducted and a qualitative analysis of the interview data generated several themes describing their experiences and how they interpreted their experiences. The results of the study produced theoretical explanations in describing the participants' experiences and an awareness of important variables that affected their development.

Access Setting

Dissertation-Campus Only