Self-Reported Health and Well-Being Outcomes of ASERE Students

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Authors
  1. McCreary, D.R.
  2. Thompson, M.M.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN)
Abstract
The 1st Canadian Air Division Surgeon requested that the Stress and Coping Group at DRDC Toronto undertake an evaluation based on the health and well-being self-reports of students taking the Advanced Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (ASERE) training course conducted at Canadian Forces School of Survival and Aeromedical Training (CFSSAT), CFB Winnipeg. Students provided their expectations and perceptions concerning the course, as well as self-reports of their health and well-being prior to the course, at the end of the course, and six weeks following the course. While most students sustained some minor injuries (e.g., bruises, cuts, scrapes, sore muscles), only 3 of the 52 study participants sustained a major injury (i.e., broken bones, torn ligaments). Also, while there was a slight drop in physical health scores (using a standardized measure) from pre- to post-course, there were no effects on the two measures of psychological well-being. Finally, questions about expectations and perceptions of the course showed that students were expecting to take a challenging course and that those expectations were met.

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Keywords
Advanced Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (ASERE);Health and Well-Being;Air Crew
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-TR-2005-100 — Technical Report
Date of publication
01 Jul 2005
Number of Pages
54
DSTKIM No
CA026646
CANDIS No
524539
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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