Military service involves exposure to multiple sources of chronic, acute, and potentially traumatic stress, especially during deployment and combat. Notoriously variable, the effects of stress can be subtle to severe, immediate or delayed, impairing individual and group readiness, operational performance, and—ultimately—survival. A comprehensive compilation on the state of the science, Biobehavioral Resilience to Stress identifies key factors and characteristics that are essential to a scientifically useful and behaviorally predictive understanding of resilience to stress.
Contributions from Uniquely Qualified Military and Civilian Experts
Initiated by the Military Operational Medicine Research Directorate of the US Army Medical Research and Material Command (USAMRMC), this seminal volume integrates recent research and experience from military and civilian experts in behavioral and social sciences, human performance, and physiology. Each chapter is grounded in vigorous research with emphasis on relevance to a variety of real-world operations and settings, including extreme environments encountered in modern war.
Logical Progression, Cross-Disciplinary Appeal
Organized into four sections, the text begins with a discussion of the relevant aspects of stress in the context of military life to offer civilian readers a window into contemporary military priorities. Later chapters consider biological, physiological, and genetic factors, psychosocial aspects of resilience, and “community capacity” variables that influence psychological responses to stressful events. This multidisciplinary effort concludes with an overview of emergent themes and related issues to advance the science of resilience toward predictive research, theory, and application for all those—military and civilian—who serve in the national defense.
Table of Contents
Psychological Screening: Predicting Resilience to Stress. Resilience and Military Psychiatry. The Stresses of Modern War. Resilience through Leadership. Adaptation to Stress and Psychobiological Mechanisms of Resilience. Psychophysiology of Resilience to Stress. Resilience and Survival in Extreme Environments. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Genetic and Environmental Risk Factors. Resilience and Personality. Cognitive Performance and Resilience to Stress. The Impact of Social Structural Conditions on Psychological Resilience to Stress. Resilience: Toward the State of the Possible.
Brian J. Lukey, PhD is currently the Commander of the US Army Medical material Development Activity.
… brings a wealth of subject matter expertise to the table. … this book will meet your needs, especially if you are interested in an in-depth look at the physiology of stress and resilience as well as the psychosocial aspects of resilience."
—Geoff Ellis, writing in Canadian Society of Forensic Science Journal
… an excellent overview of the more general field of stress psychobiology and psychology that can be applied widely in the medical and behavioral sciences … invaluable to the medical, mental health, or behavioral science practitioner or researcher who works with military personnel … blends just the right amount of academic scholarship, practical utility, and user-friendly readability to make it an indispensable member of your professional bookshelf.
—Daniel Clark, Editor of International Journal of Emergency Mental Health, Vol. 11, No. 2, 2009