The Oxford Handbook of Military Psychology

ISBN : 9780195399325

Janice H. Laurence; Michael D. Matthews
432 Pages
186 x 254 mm
Pub date
Mar 2012
Oxford Library of Psychology
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The critical link between psychology and the military is imprtant to recruiting, training, socializing, assigning, employing, deploying, motivating, rewarding, maintaining, managing, integrating, retaining, transitioning, supporting, counseling, and healing military members. These areas are hardly distinct, and the chapters in The Oxford Handbook of Military Psychology have contents that cross these boundaries. Collectively, the topics covered in this volume describe the myriad ways in which modern psychology influences warfare and vice versa. The extensive topics included come from within the areas of clinical, industrial/organizational, experimental, engineering, and social psychology. The contributors are top international experts in military psychology - some uniformed soldiers, others academics and clinicians, and others civilian employees of the military or other government agencies. They address important areas in which the science and practice of psychology supports military personnel in their varied and complex missions. Among the topics addressed here are suitability for service, leadership, decision making, training, terrorism, socio-cultural competencies, diversity and cohesion, morale, quality-of-life, ethical challenges, and mental health and fitness. The focus is the ways in which psychology promotes the decisive human dimension of military effectiveness. Collectively, the 25 topical chapters of this handbook provide an overview of modern military psychology and its tremendous influence on the military and society as a whole.


1. The Handbook of Military Psychology: An Introduction
Janice H. Laurence and Michael D. Matthews
2. Comprehensive Soldier Fitness: Why? and Why Now?
Rhonda L. Cornum and Paul B. Lester
3. Combat-Related Stress Reactions and Suicide among US Veterans of War-Time Service
Amy W. Wagner and Matthew Jakupcak
4. Physical Injuries
Psychological Treatment
Rebecca I. Porter
5. Operational Psychology: Foundation, Applications, and Issues
Thomas J. Williams, James J. Picano, Robert R. Roland, and Paul Bartone
6. Ethics, Human Rights, and Interrogations: The Position of the American Psychological Association
Stephen Behnke and Olivia Moorehead-Slaughter
7. In Search for Psychological Explanations of Terrorism
Ragnhild B. Lygre and Jarle Eid
8. Crime on the Battlefield: Military Fate or Individual Choice?
Neal A. Puckett and Marcelyn Atwood
9. What Do Commanders Really Want To Know? US Army Human Terrain System Lessons Learned From Iraq and Afghanistan
Montgomery McFate, Britt Damon, Robert Holliday
10. An International Perspective on Military Psychology
Jarle Eid, Francois Lescreve, and Gerry Larsson
11. Military Selection and Classification in the United States
Michael G. Rumsey
12. Assessing Psychological Suitability for High-Risk Military Jobs
James J. Picano and Robert R. Roland
13. Leadership in Dangerous Contexts: A Team-Focused, Replenishment-of-Resources Approach
Donald J. Campbell
14. Swift Trust in ad hoc Military Organizations: Theoretical and Applied Perspectives
Paul B. Lester and Gretchen R. Vogelgesang
15. Leader Development in Natural Context
Gerry Larsson
16. Cognitive and Non-Cognitive Factors in Soldier Performance
Michael D. Matthews
17. Characteristics of Sense-making in Combat
Uzi Ben-Shalom, Yehiel Klar, and Yizhaq Benbenisty
18. Military Engineering Psychology: Setting the Pace for Exceptional Performance
Gerald P. Krueger
19. Psychology's Contribution to Military Training
Stephen L. Goldberg
20. The Role of Sleep in the Military: Implications for Training and Operational Effectiveness
Nita Lewis Miller, Panagiotis Matsangas and Aileen Kenney
21. Teams in the Military: A Review and Emerging Challenges
Marissa L. Shuffler, Davin Pavlas, and Eduardo Salas
22. Boredom: Groundhog Day as Metaphor for Iraq
Morten G. Ender
23. Minorities in the Military
Karin De Angelis and David R. Segal
24. Gay Service Personnel in the US Military: History, Progress and A Way Forward
Armando X. Estrada
25. Military Families in an Era of Persistent Conflict
Bradford Booth and Suzanne Lederer
26. What They Deserve: Quality of Life in the U.S. Military
Diane M. Ryan and Lolita M. Burrell
27. Conclusion and Emerging Issues
Michael D. Matthews and Janice H. Laurence

About the author: 

Janice H. Laurence, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Adult & Organizational Development, Temple University, and editor of the journal Military Psychology. Dr. Laurence recently retired as Director, Research and Analysis, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, Personnel & Readiness, Pentagon. Michael D. Matthews, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology, Behavioral Sciences and Leadership, U.S. Military Academy.

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