The Influence of Mental Skills on Motivation and Psychosocial Characteristics
Source: Military Medicine, Volume 177, Number 1, January 2012 , pp. 77-84(8)
Abstract:ABSTRACTThe purpose of this observational, cross-sectional study was to assess psychosocial characteristics and intrinsic motivation in a convenience sample of Army soldiers with different mental skills profiles. Participants were recruited immediately before or immediately following regular training activities. Anonymous surveys were completed and collected in the training area. Instruments used in this study included the Ottawa Mental Skills Assessment Tool-3 Revised for Soldiers; Rosenberg Self-esteem Scale; Depression Anxiety Stress Scale-21; University of California, Los Angeles, Loneliness Scale; Beck Hopelessness Scale; Intrinsic Motivation Inventory; and an anger measure. Soldiers with strong mental skill profiles were more intrinsically motivated and psychosocially healthier than their peers with weaker mental skill profiles. It is recommended that a proactive approach to psychological health promotion practices in soldiers be sought rather than reactive treatment plans to psychological sequelae. Future research must examine the role of psychosocial fitness and adaptability to enhance mental skills fitness.
Document Type: Research article
Affiliations: 1: Center for Nursing Science and Clinical Inquiry, Madigan Army Medical Center, 9040A Reid Street, Fort Lewis, WA 98431. 2: Army Center for Enhanced Performance, United States Military Academy, 745A Brewerton Road, West Point, NY 10996.
Publication date: 2012-01-01
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