Teaching Mental Skills for Self-Esteem Enhancement in a Military Healthcare Setting
MILITARY ACADEMY WEST POINT NY
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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.
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