Resilience Training in a Population of Deployed Personnel

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Abstract

The U.S. military has developed prophylactic interventions to mitigate effects from stress. The project reported is a first of its kind descriptive assessment of the delivery of resilience training in a deployed environment. The Connor-Davidson Resilience Scale and an inventory of stress, morale, performance, and use of specific behaviors were administered before and after resilience training was implemented for all personnel assigned to a military facility in Afghanistan. There was a small positive relation between resilient thinking and self-reported morale, but, despite the training, both resilient thinking and morale were observed to decline across the deployment period. This descriptive effort can provide some baseline for commanders’ expectations in implementation of resilience training.

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