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ERIC Number: EJ941915
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Pages: 2
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-0003-066X
The Dark Side of Comprehensive Soldier Fitness
Eidelson, Roy; Pilisuk, Marc; Soldz, Stephen
American Psychologist, v66 n7 p643-644 Oct 2011
Comprehensive Soldier Fitness (CSF), the focus of the January 2011 special issue of the "American Psychologist," is a $125 million resilience training initiative designed to reduce and prevent the adverse psychological consequences of combat for soldiers and veterans. These are worthy goals. Soldiers and veterans deserve the best care possible, and military psychologists have critically important roles to play. But the special issue is troubling in several important respects. Elsewhere, we have offered a detailed review. Here we offer only a summary of our concerns. The CSF program is a massive research project launched without pilot testing to determine, first, the effectiveness of the training in a military environment. This is highly irregular and obviously worrisome considering the stakes. No evidence was provided indicating that CSF received preliminary review by an independent ethics review board. There are other ethically fraught possibilities. This special issue reveals much about current moral challenges facing the profession of psychology.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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