ERIC Number: ED242928
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
An Experimental Evaluation of Stress-Management Training for the Airborne Soldier. Technical Report 550.
Burke, William P.
A project was conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of the stress-management training given to students in the jumpmaster training course at Fort Benning, Georgia. The course, which trains airborne personnel to conduct landings of men and equipment, features relatively stressful training programs during which instructors grade the performance of students' activity as jumpmasters for actual airdrops. To gather data for the study, researchers divided one class of 31 jumpmaster students into pairs matched by rank. Members of each pair were then randomly assigned to either the experimental or control group. Besides receiving the same regular training that the control group received, the experimental group was taught a method of respiration control to be used immediately before and during training jumps. The groups were then compared on the basis of heart rate during 2-day and 2-night training jumps, a self-reported measure of perceived stress during the jumps, and grades received for performance as jumpmasters during 1-day and 1-night jumps. Members of the experimental group had significantly lower heart rates during the 2-night jumps of the course, jumps that, because of limited visibility, are somewhat more dangerous and more stressful than daylight jumps. (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Army Research Inst. for the Behavioral and Social Sciences, Alexandria, VA.