Accession Number:

ADA159901

Title:

Battle Stress Survey.

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. Sep 83-Dec 84,

Corporate Author:

ARMY HEALTH CARE STUDIES AND CLINICAL INVESTIGATION ACTIVITY FORT SAM HOUSTON TX

Report Date:

1985-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

75.0

Abstract:

Cohesion is best described as a multi-faced construct. Specific survey instruments are required to assess morale and cohesion. A battery of instruments, targeted at different unit levels, is required to assess these multi-faceted constructs. Multi-dimensional interpretations are required in assessing unit morale and cohesion. Assessments of unit morale and cohesion should be part of a unit preparedness and prevention program. Much has been written about how combat produces stress and of the possible levels of psychological casualties in combat. Commanders need to be reminded both of the threat of psychological casualties and of how to prepare to deal with those casualties. In addition, commanders need to be able to assess the readiness of their units, particularly in terms of morale and cohesion. High levels of cohesion and morale impart resistance to combat stress.

Subject Categories:

  • Sociology and Law
  • Psychology
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE