The Psychology of the Peacekeeper: Lessons from the Field

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In this remarkable volume, a multinational team of scientists catalogs the stressors and benefits for combat-trained soldiers deployed on missions where they are told to hold their fire and assume the role of peacekeeper. Theory and direct research with peacekeepers is incorporated. Missions covered include, but are not limited to, peacekeeping operations in Haiti, Somalia, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq, and Lebanon. The terminology of peacekeeping and military operations is listed. The stressors, threats, dangers, frustrations, and benefits of the peacekeeper role are described in dramatic detail, with additional attention to the Peacekeeper Stress Syndrome.

With the goal of increasing peacekeeper health and well-being, which in turn increases the likelihood of establishing a stable peace, this volume also addresses interventions and preventative measures. The extent of psychological distress and disorders following peacekeeping operations is documented. Interventions are recommended for various phases of deployment, in order to minimize the likelihood of post-deployment psychological problems. Experts in social, industrial/organizational, health, clinical, and cross-cultural psychology contribute to a multi-dimensional perspective. Each chapter author reports psychological research with military personnel in peacekeeping operations.

 

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Contents

The Psychology of the Peacekeeper An Introductory Framework
3
Considerations When Conducting Psychological Research during Peacekeeping Missions The Scientist and the Commander
11
Social Psychological Issues in Peacekeeping
29
The Social Identity of Peacekeeping
31
Prejudice and the Peacekeeper
53
Can Participation in Peacekeeping Missions Be Beneficial? The Importance of Meaning as a Function of Attitudes and Identity
71
IndustrialOrganizational Psychology Issues in Peacekeeping
89
Task Identification and Skill Deterioration in Peacekeeping Operations
91
Clinical Psychology in Peacekeeping
205
The Psychological Challenge of Peacekeeping Operations
207
Psychological Interventions in Peace Support Operations Current Practices and Future Challenges
223
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder following Peacekeeping Operations
243
CrossCultural Psychology in Peacekeeping
259
Cooperation and Coordination across Cultures in the Peacekeeping Forces Individual and Organizational Integrating Mechanisms
261
CrossCultural Issues in Peacekeeping Operations
283
African Peacekeeping and the Impact on African Military Personnel
299

Work Motivation and the Peacekeeper
111
Organizational Behavior and the US Peacekeeper
127
Health Psychology in Peacekeeping
147
The Nature of Peacekeeping Stressors
149
Coping with Peacekeeping Stress
169
The Soldier Adaptation Model SAM Applications to Peacekeeping Research
185
Future Directions
311
The Psychology of the Peacekeeper Common Themes and Future Directions
313
Index
319
About the Contributors
329
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THOMAS W. BRITT is Associate Professor of Psychology at Clemson University.

AMY B. ADLER is a Senior Research Psychologist and Science Coordinator with the U.S. Army Medical Research Unit-Europe, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Heidelberg, Germany.

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