EXPECTATIONS, AFFECT CHANGE, AND MILITARY PERFORMANCE IN THE ARMY RECRUIT.
Final technical rept. Oct 67-Jan 69,
MENTAL HYGIENE CONSULTATION DIV FORT ORD CALIF
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Previous study of the distressful affective response of Army recruits to basic combat training BCT was extended. Several features of the inverted U BCT distress curve were replicated on 2 companies measured repeatedly with the multiple affect Adjective check list MAACL. Ss expectations of BCT distress were measured upon arrival and were found to be much lower than the actual distress levels later reported in the midst of BCT. Then, an experiment consisting of 8 groups was conducted to test a the immediate effect upon distress expectancy of a training film edited to prepare new recruits for the stress of BCT and b the later effect of such stress preparation on distress levels actually reported midway through BCT. Author