An Exploratory Investigation of Relationships Among Mental Skills and Resilience in Warrior Transition Unit Cadre Members

Pickering, Michael A.; Hammermeister, Jon; Ohlson, Carl; Holliday, Bernie; Ulmer, Graham
April 2010
Military Medicine;Apr2010, Vol. 175 Issue 4, p213
Academic Journal
Warrior transition unit (WTU) cadre members are exposed to a variety of stressors that put them at risk for adverse conditions and events. Resilience may be a construct capable of moderating some of these potential negative outcomes. In turn, mental toughness is a concept associated with resilience that may provide a unique framework from which to train resilient behavior. This article explored associations between resilience and several mental skills that are assumed to be related to mental toughness, in a sample (n = 27) of WTU cadre members in the U.S. Army. Instruments included the Ottawa Mental Skills Inventory (OMSAT-3) and the Resilience Scale (RS). Both cognitive mental skills and emotion management skills were positively associated with resilience. Results also indicated a model specifying emotion management as a mediator of the relationship between cognitive skills and resilience was consistent with the study data.


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