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Reviewer: Christopher J Graver, PhD, ABPP-CN(Madigan Healthcare System)
Description: The need for psychological services within the purview of national security has been expanding in recent decades. This book provides an overview of the different roles psychologists have within the government, particularly as it pertains to the armed forces.
Purpose: The purpose of this book is to survey the development of psychology in the service of national security. This is accomplished through closer looks at the contributions of psychology in areas such as human performance, personnel selection, clinical treatment, and applied social psychology.
Audience: According to the authors, this book is targeted at a broad audience that includes anyone interested in psychology's role in personnel assessment, leadership, resource management, instruction, and other areas. It is written at an appropriate level for the general reader, but is probably too simplistic for readers within the field of psychology.
Features: Introductory chapters cover basic aspects of national security. The second section addresses the history behind psychology's involvement in the assessment of human performance and current needs within this realm (e.g., psychophysics, cognitive performance, human factors). Later chapters discuss personnel selection in various branches of the armed forces and for various types of duty (e.g., submarine, aviation, special ops). Each chapter has clear subheadings that make it easy to browse particular topics. The book is generally a descriptive account of the activities of psychologists within the framework of national security. The empirical support of these activities is less apparent. While some studies are referenced, there is generally nothing more than a brief sentence describing the main finding. In addition, figures and tables are practically nonexistent. Readers also will discover that certain phrases are frequently repeated verbatim, which can be exasperating (e.g., the same sentence is repeated in the introduction, the prologue of section 1, and the first paragraph of chapter 1). Nonetheless, the references are generally current and the index is helpful.
Assessment: For the intended audience of general readers, this book provides an interesting survey of the historical underpinnings of psychology in government service, as well as current needs and practices. It is succinct and yet manages to cover many facets of this unique role. The book provides a real appreciation for the extensive involvement and often unnoticed contributions of psychology in the service of national security.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591473558
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association
  • Publication date: 1/28/2006
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 338
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The changing face of national security 9
Ch. 2 Foundations of national security psychology 29
Ch. 3 Human factors research in the naval service 43
Ch. 4 National security interests at the Naval Health Research Center 55
Ch. 5 U.S. Army research in human performance 71
Ch. 6 The history of special operations psychological selection 83
Ch. 7 The human resources research organization : research and development related to national security concerns 99
Ch. 8 Psychology in air force training and education 111
Ch. 9 The Navy Personnel Research and Development Center 125
Ch. 10 Navy clinical psychology : a distinguished past and a vibrant future 141
Ch. 11 Clinical psychology in the U.S. Army : 1946-2004 153
Ch. 12 Air force clinical psychology : history and future trends 169
Ch. 13 The U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences 185
Ch. 14 The racial integration of the U.S. armed forces 199
Ch. 15 Psychological research with military women 211
Ch. 16 Military family research 225
Ch. 17 Psychology's strategic position for today's national security concerns 237
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