Accession Number : ADA130265

Title :   Navy Company Commanders: Introduction to a Psychobiological Study of Stress and Adaptation.

Descriptive Note : Interim rept.,


Personal Author(s) : Ward,Harold W ; Rahe,Richard H ; Conway,Terry L ; Hervig,Linda K ; Ryman,David H

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Report Date : Jan 1979

Pagination or Media Count : 35

Abstract : Navy company commanders, the senior enlisted men responsible for initial training of recruits, were selected for a longitudinal psychobiological study of occupational stress. Forty-six company commanders were followed over a six-month period while they completed schooling for this job and successfully trained their first company of recruits. Of these, 34 volunteered to be studied during their second company as well, thereby providing data pertinent to psychobiological adaptation to stress. The study design included assessments of psychological and physiological variables on two occasions during Company Commander School and on six separate days during each recruit training cycle. Study days were selected to represent a range of job stress. This report describes the study design and the biographical, personality, stress, and stress response measures employed. Stress responses were behavioral and physiological variables which presumably link stress to illness. Analyses confirmed that stress varied significantly and systematically over the recruit training cycles. This finding provides the background for future reports on life history, social support, and personality variables which buffer or exacerbate the effects of job stress. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Stress(Psychology), *Stress(Physiology), *Instructors, Enlisted personnel, Naval personnel, Adaptation(Physiology), Adjustment(Psychology), Personality, Variables, Jobs, Response(Biology), Reaction(Psychology), Indicators, Workload, Tolerance, Naval training, Recruits

Subject Categories : Psychology
      Stress Physiology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE