Development of Norms for the Post-deployment Reintegration Scale

Élaboration de normes pour l’Échelle de mesure de la réintégration après déploiement

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Authors
  1. Fikretoglu, D.
  2. McCreary, D.R.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN)
Abstract
For military personnel, the time period that immediately follows return from military operations (i.e., the post-deployment reintegration period) is an extremely important window of opportunity for readjusting to in-garrison work roles, for re-connecting with family, and for putting the events of the tour in perspective. Recognizing the importance of successful post-deployment reintegration to optimal operational readiness, Canadian military researchers developed the Army Post-Deployment Reintegration Scale (PDRS) (Blais, Thompson, & McCreary, 2009). The PDRS measures positive and negative post-deployment experiences of returning military members in three domains of interest: work, family, and personal. The goal of the current study was to develop norms for the PDRS, using commonly accepted procedures established in psychological testing. The norms we developed suggest that so far, CF members who have participated in recent operations report more positive than negative reintegration experiences. Additional findings show that where post-deployment reintegration differences between specific subgroups within the CF exist, they are rather small in magnitude. The implications of these findings, as well as future uses of the PDRS norms in CF screening and research programs are discussed.

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Keywords
Postdeployment;Reintegration;Norm development;Post deployment reintegration;Post-deployment attitudes;Personal family occupational cultural reintegration;Army Post-Deployment Reintegration Scale;PDRS;Behaviour
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-TR-2010-168 — Technical Report
Date of publication
01 Sep 2010
Number of Pages
45
DSTKIM No
CA034771
CANDIS No
534343
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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