Military psychology has become one of the world’s fastest-growing disciplines with ever-emerging new applications of research and development. The Routledge International Handbook of Military Psychology and Mental Health is a compendium of chapters by internationally renowned scholars in the field, bringing forth the state of the art in the theory, practice and future prospects of military psychology.
This uniquely interdisciplinary volume deliberates upon the current issues and applications of military psychology not only within the military organization and the discipline of psychology, but also in the larger context of its role of building a better world. Split into three parts dedicated to specific themes, the first part of the book, "Military Psychology: The Roots and the Journey," provides an overview of the evolution of the discipline over the years, delving into concepts as varied as culture and cognition in the military, a perspective on the role of military psychology in future warfare and ethical issues. The second part, "Soldiering: Deployment and Beyond," considers the complexities involved in soldiering in view of the changing nature of warfare, generating a focal discourse on various aspects of military leadership, soldier resilience and post-traumatic growth in the face of extreme situations, bravery and character strengths and transitioning to civilian life. In the final section, "Making a Choice: Mental Health Issues and Prospects in the Military," the contributors focus on the challenges and practices involved in maintaining the mental health of the soldier, covering issues ranging from stress, mental health and well-being, through to suicide risk and its prevention, intervention and management strategies, moral injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Incorporating enlightening contributions of eminent scholars from around the world, the volume is a comprehensive repository of current perspectives and future directions in the domain of military psychology. It will prove a valuable resource for mental health practitioners, military leaders, policy-makers and academics and students across a range of disciplines.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Professor Michael D. Matthews, Ph.D., U.S Military Academy; Preface; About the Contributors; Part 1: Military Psychology: The Roots and the Journey; Chapter 1: Military Psychology in War and Peace: An Appraisal, Swati Mukherjee and Updesh Kumar; Chapter 2: War, Peace and the Military in Biblical and Ancient Greek Societies, Matthew B. Schwartz and Kalman J. Kaplan; Chapter 3: Four Stages in the Evolution of Military Enlisted Testing, Michael G. Rumsey; Chapter 4: Polemology: Orphan of Military Psychology, Jacques J. Gouws; Chapter 5: The Application of Culture and Cognition within a Military Context, Faizan Imtiaz, Mark Khei, and Li-Jun Ji; Chapter 6: Military Psychology and the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Implications for the South African National Defence Force’s Directorate Psychology, Petrus C. Bester; Chapter 7: War of the Future and Prospective Directions of Military Psychology, Alexander G. Karayani; Chapter 8: Ethical Issues in Military Psychology: Promoting International Ethical Readiness, Thomas E. Myers and Shane S. Bush; Part 2: Soldiering: Deployment and Beyond; Chapter 9: Shaping Military Leaders: Role of Character Strengths and Virtues, Archana, Samridhi Ahuja and Updesh Kumar; Chapter 10: Posttraumatic Growth in Military Populations: Theory, Research, and Application, K.C. Kalmbach and Bret A. Moore; Chapter 11: Building Resilience and Hardiness in Military Leaders –Robustness Training Programs of the German Army, Oliver Krueckel, Annett Heidler, Nicola von Luedinghausen, Markus Auschekis and Matthias Soest; Chapter 12: Sustainable Team Leadership: Social Identity and Collective Leadership for Military and Society, António P. Rosinha, Hermes Andrade Junior and Marcos Aguiar de Souza; Chapter 13: The Physical Bravery Study: Findings and Implications for Small, Innovative Research Studies with Military/Veteran Populations, Kristen J. Vescera, Jacie Brown, Catherine Hausman, and Bruce Bongar; Chapter 14: Military Recruiting in the United States: Selection, Assessment, Training, Well-being, and Performance Coaching, Steven V. Bowles, Bettina Schmid, Laurel K. Cofell Rashti, Susan J. Scapperotti, Tracy D. Smith, Paul T. Bartone and Peter Mikoski; Chapter 15: Validity Assessment in Military Psychology, Noah K. Kaufman and Shane S. Bush; Chaprer 16: Reintegration and Military Family Health: Military Training and its Relationship to Post-Deployment Role Conflict in Intimate Partner Relationships, E. Ann Jeschke, Jessica M. LaCroix, Amber M. Fox, Laura A. Novak, and Marjan Ghahramanlou Holloway; Chapter 17: Lone Wolf Terrorism, Bruce Bongar, Anna Feinman, and Renata Sargon; Chapter 18: Why Do They Leave? A Conceptual Model of Military Turnover, H. Canan Sümer and Ipek Mete; Chapter 19: Transition from Military to Civilian Life, Harprit Kaur and Swati; Part 3: Making a Choice: Mental Health Issues and Prospects in the Military; Chapter 20: Militaries’ Burnout and Work Engagement: A Qualitative Systematic Literature Review, Maria José Chambel, Silvia Lopes, Filipa Castanheira and Carolina Rodrigues-Silveira; Chapter 21: Stress, Burnout and Coping in Military Environment, Yonel Ricardo de Souza and Fabio Biasotto Feitosa; Chapter 22: Stress Experiences and Abilities to Cope: Civil Population versus Military Personnel, Vijay Parkash; Chapter 23: Military Related Mental Health Morbidities: A Neurobiological Approach, Shobit Garg and Jyoti Mishra Pandey; Chapter 24: Clinical Health Psychology Applications in Military Settings, Ryaja Johnson and Larry C. James; Chapter 25: Suicide Prevention Strategies in Military Populations, Marissa N. Eusebio, Abigale Brady, and Bruce Bongar; Chapter 26: Military Sexual Trauma and Suicidal Self-Directed Violence: A Narrative Review and Proposed Agenda for Future Research, Lindsey L. Monteith, Ryan Holliday, Tim Hoyt and Nazanin H. Bahraini; Chapter 27: Understanding Suicide among Female Veterans: A Theory-Driven Approach, Lindsey L. Monteith, Ryan Holliday, Diana P. Brostow and Claire A. Hoffmire; Chapter 28: Resilience and Stress in Military Combat Flight Engineers, Reoot Cohen-Koren, Dror Garbi, Shirley Gordon, Nirit Yavnai, Yifat Erlich Shoham and Leah Shelef; Chapter 29: Family Based Psychological Interventions: A Heuristic Approach, Jyoti Mishra Pandey and Shobit Garg; Chapter 30: Chronic Disease Risk and Service-Related Post-traumatic Stress Disorder in Military Veterans, Jeanne Mager Stellman and Steven D. Stellman; Chapter 31: Neurotransmitter and Neurotrophic Biomarkers in Combat Related PTSD, Gordana Nedic Erjavec, Matea Nikolac Perkovic, Dubravka Svob Strac, Lucija Tudor and Nela Pivac; Chapter 32: Neuroendocrine and Immune Biomarkers of PTSD in Combat Veterans, Nela Pivac, Marcela Konjevod, Marina Sagud, Suzana Uzun, and Oliver Kozumplik; Chapter 33: Moral Injury in Service Members and Veterans, Sheila Frankfurt, Alanna Coady, Breanna Grunthal, Stephanie Ellickson-Larew and Bret T. Litz; Chapter 34: Student Service Members/Veterans’ Mental Health on Campuses: Risk and Resources, Dan Nyaronga; Chapter 35: Resilience and Clinical Issues in Survival Behaviour under Isolation and Captivity, Vasile Marineanu
Updesh Kumar, Ph.D., is Scientist ‘G’ and Head, Mental Health Division, Defence Institute of Psychological Research (DIPR), Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), Ministry of Defence, New Delhi, India.
"Today military commanders across the world are experiencing widespread stress and mental health issues in their organisations. This book has outstanding psychological prescriptions for military commanders and psychologists alike. A compelling read." - Lt. General Dushyant Singh, Commandant, Army War College, India
"This handbook, comprised of an international team of experts, is an extremely valuable resource of empirical, theoretical and practical knowledge for military psychology students and practitioners." - Colonel (R) Reuven Gal, Ph.D., Former Chief Psychologist, Israeli Defense Forces
"This outstanding work covers important topics often overlooked in the professional literature. Connecting theoretical concepts to practical applications, an impressive team of military psychology experts give readers a book they will want to keep close at hand" - Colonel (R) Bruce E. Crow, Psy.D., Former U.S. Army Chief Psychologist
"This volume is remarkable in its breadth, covering the ancient history of military psychology to the latest developments in assisting military service members preparing for combat and preparing to return to civilian life." - Richard G. Tedeschi, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, University of North Carolina, USA
"A 'must-have' for every military psychologist, this book is a unique reference that transcends national borders, providing solid scientific research and thoughtful ethical discussions amid a perspective that captures the historical and prospective use of military psychology." - Colonel (R) Sally C. Harvey, Ph.D., U.S. Army Psychologist