Refinement and Validation of a Military Emotional Intelligence Training Program
Technical Report,15 Apr 2019,14 Apr 2020
University of Arizona Tucson United States
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The goal of the proposed project is to provide the Army with a brief, well-validated, internet-based training program for enhancing Emotional Intelligence EI and resilience skills. Addressing this need is crucial, as military personnel are often required to serve under dangerous and emotionally stressful conditions. Prolonged stress or exposure to very intense life-threatening experiences, such as those encountered in combat or other hazardous duty deployments, can increase the risk of developing mental health problems including depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder PTSD. One possible way to minimize the effects of these stressful experiences on Service members is to strengthen their emotional flexibility, adaptability, and capacity to cope with adversity before they find themselves faced with such situations. To fill this need, we propose to provide the military with a web-based program that focuses on enhancing Emotional Intelligence EI, a core set of trainable emotional skills that collectively include the capacity to understand, perceive, control, and use emotions effectively.