Military Stress and Performance

Military Stress and Performance

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People comprise the backbone of any military force. But what happens when the stress of operations becomes overwhelming and those people fail to cope? Stress can have negative consequences for the individual, the organisation, and even for overall combat effectiveness. The Australian Defence Force has spent many years researching how to maximise individual resilience and performance in the face of extreme stress. For the first time this wealth of knowledge and experience has been brought together in one volume. This work examines the impact of highly stressful events, such as combat and peacekeeping operations, on individual troops and leaders, with a particular focus on factors that build resilience and maximise performance under stress. Managing stress is an important issue not only for the military, but equally for other high-risk professions such as the police and emergency services. This work provides a unique synthesis of a wide range of research, and clinical and personal experience, providing a coherent, integrated approach to the subject. Of particular use to mental health professionals, it will also be of interest to general readers of military and psychology more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Melbourne University Press
  • Melbourne University Press Digital
  • Australia
  • 0522863701
  • 9780522863703

About Mark Creamer

Professor George E. Kearney was foundation Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Griffith University, and is currently Colonel Commandant of the Australian Army Psychology Corps. Professor Mark Creamer is Director of the National Centre for Posttraumatic Health and Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne. He is a clinical psychologist with many years of experience in the field of traumatic stress from both research and clinical perspectives. Dr Ric Marshall was the foundation National Director of the Vietnam Veterans Counselling Service. He is currently head of hospital services performance evaluation with the Victorian Department of Human Services. Major Anne Goyne is a clinical psychologist with the Defence Force Psychology Organisation in Canberra. She completed a Master of Clinical Psychology at the Australian National University and has had a long involvement with military more