Accession Number : AD1046307

Title :   The Role of Friendship within Social Networks of Divisions at Recruit Training Command and its Effect on the Resilience of Naval Recruits

Descriptive Note : Technical Report

Corporate Author : Naval Postgraduate School Monterey United States

Personal Author(s) : Brooks,Crystal ; Davis,Heidi ; Stimson,Dannie

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Report Date : 01 Jun 2017

Pagination or Media Count : 97

Abstract : The overall purpose of this project is to explore the connection between friendship and ventingnetworks, and how they relate to the self-reported resilience levels of Navy recruits during basic training.This study hypothesizes that there is a positive relationship between friendship and venting networks, andthat positive network attributes contribute to greater resiliency. Additionally, it hypothesizes that groupswho received resilience interventions were more likely to report higher levels of individual and divisionalresilience when compared to the control groups. Data for this project was derived from surveys conductedat Recruit Training Command (RTC) in Great Lakes, Illinois, in the summer of 2015. The 1,065 surveyscome from a population of eight different recruit divisions taken at two different time intervals. Thisproject used quantitative analysis to assess the relationship between friendship and venting networks andresilience. The results indicate that there is a relationship between friendship and venting networks, andthat resilience interventions positively affect the network attributes as well as individual and divisionalresilience. This project provides a basis for future study of resilience interventions and their effect onsocial networks in the military in order to promote resilience among its members.

Descriptors :   recruits , resilience , friendship , venting , cohesion , safety , networks , PSYCHOLOGY

Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE