Accession Number : ADA309078

Title :   Further Research on Psychological Analyses of Courageous Performances in Military Personnel.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Dec 86-Jun 90,

Corporate Author : BRITISH COLUMBIA UNIV VANCOUVER

Personal Author(s) : Rachman, S. J.

PDF Url : ADA309078

Report Date : FEB 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 78

Abstract : The aim of the research was to gain an increased understanding of the nature of courageous performances and the way in which it can be promoted. The practical objective was to develop methods for practicing courageous performances. Military personnel who have to perform hazardous duties were studied before and after training, during operational duties, and under laboratory stress. Various measures were used to asses their behavior, subjective reactions, and psychophysiological responses. The bulk of the research was carried out on mIlitary bomb-disposal operators, and supplementary studies were carried out on veterans of the Falkiands war and on soldiers undergoing parachute training. The results of the studies include: confirmation of the significant and positive psychological effects of the training procedures, the cumulative effects of operational duty on levels of confidence and skill, the psychological differences between experienced and inexperienced operators, the psychological problems that arise during operations, and the aftereffects of a tour of active duty.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY PERSONNEL, *PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), WARFARE, JOBS, HAZARDS, ARMY PERSONNEL, STRESS(PSYCHOLOGY), RESPONSE, MILITARY RESEARCH, ACTIVE DUTY, PARACHUTES, TRAVEL, MILITARY TRAINING, PSYCHOLOGY, REACTION(PSYCHOLOGY), PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGY.

Subject Categories : Psychology
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE