Accession Number:

ADP003243

Title:

Situational Interaction: A Peer Counseling Approach to AWOL (unauthorized Absences from Duty) Reduction

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

COLORADO UNIV AT COLORADO SPRINGS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1984-04-01

Pagination or Media Count:

5.0

Abstract:

An AWOL reduction program, which utilized peer counseling, was conducted with two randomly selected companies from a mechanized infantry battalion at Fort Carson, Colorado. Two randomly selected companies from the same brigade served as static control units. Employing the Taylor-Johnson Temperament Analysis T-JTA, AWOL-prone soldiers were identified and were counseled initially by the unit chaplain and subsequently by platoon leaders. Platoon leaders identified situational aspects of AWOL-prone soldiers and interacted as mediators between environmental situations e.g., money problems and personal factors identified by the T-JTA. As a function of the intervention, the treated group showed a significant decline in AWOL rates while the control group did not. Results were discussed in terms of the efficiency of employing the Taylor-Johnson Temperament Analysis in conjunction with peer counseling to reduce AWOL rates.

Subject Categories:

  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE