via Mindhacks Blog:
a few excerpts:
"The New York Times has an extended article that uncritically dicusses a $125 million US Military programme currently designed to increase resilience against mental illness.""If you were going to base your program on a psychometric assessment, most importantly, you would want to know that your assessment predicted problems or coping in particular soldiers.
"For example, if a particular soldier had a low score on, let’s say, the emotional fitness part of the scale, it would be important to know that tells us about what sort of problems the soldier is likely to have in real life and during his or her service.
"You would also want to know that the assessment told us about the likelihood of the solider getting mental illness. It makes sense, right? If you’ve designed a programme intended to prevent mental illness based on an assessment, the assessment should tell us which soldiers are at higher risk for psychiatric difficulties so we can help with skills and abilities to mitigate that risk.
"In psychological jargon, this is known as predictive validity and it can be tested statistically.
"It is not known whether the Global Assessment Tool does actually predicts anything useful about US soldiers’ problems because this was never tested." (emphasis mine) read here
Reading the article in the New York Times, I was stunned to read, "A core principle of the program is seeing an event as neutral, neither bad nor good, and focusing instead on your reaction to the event." I have read about sociopaths who have described using very similar cognitive behavioral techniques when committing crimes.
via the Comprehensive Soldier & Family Fitness website:
What is Comprehensive Soldier Fitness?
A structured, long term assessment and development program to build the resilience and enhance the performance of every Soldier, Family member and DA civilian.
Sounds good, but what does that actually mean? Well it means the largest ever psychology research project is now underway, according to American Psychological Association.
via The Society for Humanistic Psychology
DIVISION 32 OF THE AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION:
MONDAY, JULY 11, 2011