Accession Number:

ADA411038

Title:

Peace Support Operations Predeployment Survey: Scale Reliability Analyses

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.

Corporate Author:

DEFENCE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT TORONTO (CANADA)

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2002-10-01

Pagination or Media Count:

87.0

Abstract:

The present report summarizes psychometric analyses from a sample of 375 Canadian Forces personnel who were undergoing predeployment training for peace support missions. In order to establish the psychometric quality of the scales, reliability analyses, and in selected cases factor analyses were conducted on the 25 scales, reliability analyses, and in selected cases factor analyses, were conducted on the 25 scales of the Peace Support Operations Predeployment Survey. Results from these analyses were used to establish the dimensionality and the internal consistency of the scales and to provide a basis for recommendations for item reduction of selected scales. Only three of the 25 scales, the General Attitudes, Risk-Taking, and Belief in a Just World scales continue to require substantial modification. Overall, the Predeployment Survey proved to be a reliable and useful measure for tapping issues relevant to Canadian Forces personnel. Future research with this data set will assist in answering important questions concerning the impact of individual differences on the experience of predeployment stress, as well as the use and efficacy of coping strategies during the predeployment phase of a mission. In addition, this data set represents the first phase of a longitudinal study. Thus, the psychometric results will aid in streamlining and refining future questionnaires to be used in this research initiative as well as answer questions concerning how predeployment stress and adaptation affects longer-term stress outcomes across the deployment cycle.

Subject Categories:

  • Psychology
  • Defense Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE