Accession Number : ADA290995

Title :   Psychiatric Screening for the Submarine Service: Enlisted Personnel.

Descriptive Note : Interim rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL SUBMARINE MEDICAL RESEARCH LAB GROTON CT

Personal Author(s) : Schlichting, Christine L.

PDF Url : ADA290995

Report Date : 16 OCT 1993

Pagination or Media Count : 30

Abstract : A brief overview of 25 years of psychiatric screening of enlisted personnel for submarine service in the United States Navy is presented. Current screening consists of administration of a submarine specific test, Subscreen, to all prospective Basic Enlisted Submarine School (BESS) candidates. Figures from 1991 and 1992 show that approximately 9.7% of these candidates are referred for more extensive testing at the Psychiatry Department of the Naval Hospital Groton. Less that two percent of all candidates are subsequently dropped from Bess. Two measures of test performance, sensitivity (the ability of a test to yield a positive finding when the individual tested actually has the condition being tested for) and specificity (the ability of a test to yield a negative finding when the individual tested does not have the condition) were studied. Both sensitivity (75%) and specificity (92%) were very good for Subscreen, especially compared to a test the USAF administers for similar purposes. Although some small changes will improve test performance, in general, Subscreen remains an effective tool for screening for Submarine Service.

Descriptors :   *ENLISTED PERSONNEL, *PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTS, *MEDICAL RESEARCH, *MEDICAL EXAMINATION, *PSYCHIATRY, *SUBMARINE PERSONNEL, TEST AND EVALUATION, SCHOOLS, NAVY, YIELD, MEDICAL SERVICES, HOSPITALS, NAVAL SHORE FACILITIES, SUBMARINES.

Subject Categories : Psychology
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Medicine and Medical Research

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE