Accession Number : ADA521985


Title :   Teaching Mental Skills for Self-Esteem Enhancement in a Military Healthcare Setting


Descriptive Note : Journal article


Corporate Author : MILITARY ACADEMY WEST POINT NY


Personal Author(s) : Hammermeister, Jon ; Pickering, Michael A ; Ohlson, Carl J


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a521985.pdf


Report Date : Jan 2009


Pagination or Media Count : 8


Abstract : The need exists for educational methods which can positively influence self-esteem, especially in demanding military health care settings. Warrior Transition Units (WTUs) are tasked with the challenging mission of caring for seriously injured or ill U.S. Army Soldiers. This paper explores the hypothesis that an educationally based Mental Skills Training (MST) intervention can enhance self-esteem in members of a Warrior Transition Unit in the U.S. Army. The sample consisted of 27 WTU cadre members who participated in an Army Center for Enhanced Performance (ACEP) MST educational workshop at a large Army installation on the West Coast. Instruments included the Ottawa Mental Skills Inventory (OMSAT-3) and the Self-Esteem Rating Scale (SERS). Results showed that SERS scores were significantly higher following the intervention. Furthermore, the ACEP instructional components of self-confidence, imagery, and mental practice were significant predictors of self-esteem. Results suggest that MST might be a viable educational approach for enhancing self-esteem in the WTU cadre.


Descriptors :   *SKILLS , *INTERVENTION , *MEDICAL PERSONNEL , *ARMY FACILITIES , *MENTAL HEALTH , *TEACHING METHODS , *ARMY PERSONNEL , WORKSHOPS , HEALTH CARE FACILITIES , WOUNDS AND INJURIES , MILITARY MEDICINE , EMOTIONS , PERFORMANCE(HUMAN) , ATTITUDES(PSYCHOLOGY) , REPRINTS , ILLNESS


Subject Categories : Psychology
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Medical Facilities, Equipment and Supplies


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE