The Potential of Stress Management Training as a Coping Strategy for Stressors Experienced in Theater of Operation – A Systematic Review


  1. Bouchard, S.
  2. Guitard, T.
  3. Laforest, M.
  4. Dumoulin, S.
  5. Boulanger, J.
  6. Bernier, F.
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Defence R&D Canada - Valcartier, Valcartier QUE (CAN)
This chapter provides a literature review on Stress Management Training (SMT) as a potential tool to help military personnel cope with stressors experienced in the theater of operations. It is hoped that SMT techniques can be used to prepare soldiers for potential highly stressful situations in an effort to diminish their negative reactions to stress. The ultimate long-term prospective benefits would be that training military personnel with SMT would increase resilience and lower the incidence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). There are several definitions of stress, but essentially it can be considered an affective state that occurs in response to perceived demands and challenges in the environment with which one feels unable to cope. A variety of stress management techniques have been developed over the years in order to help individuals prevent, eliminate or cope with stress. All these techniques have the objective to modify factors associated with stress (behavioral, cognitive, physiological, emotional and environmental).
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DRDC-VALCARTIER-SL-2012-038 — Scientific Literature
Date of publication
01 Jan 2012
Number of Pages
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