Comparing different versions of Road to Mental Readiness to determine optimal content – Testing instruction type, homework, and intelligence effects at two timepoints


  1. Fikretoglu, D.
  2. Beatty, E.
  3. Aihua, L.
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Defence Research and Development Canada, Toronto Research Centre , Toronto ON (CAN)
Observations of Road To Mental Readiness (R2MR) mental health training sessions at the Basic Military Qualification (BMQ) over a two-year period from 2012 to 2014, and a series of studies conducted during the same time period revealed problems with the delivery, the receipt, and the enactment of R2MR concepts and skills. The primary purpose of this study was to compare the two different versions (Versions 5 and 6) of R2MR that were recently developed to identify the version that may lead to better receipt and enactment of key R2MR concepts, especially stress management (and Cognitive Restructuring) skills. A secondary objective was to examine the effects of providing supplemental homework booklets for practicing R2MR concepts/Big 4 skills outside of the 160-minute classroom session. Given the statistically significant and robust effects of intelligence on the uptake and application of R2MR skills observed in a previous study, the current study controlled for the effects of intelligence in looking at the effects of version and homework. The study was a mixed methods design with two between subjects variables (Homework versus No Homework and Version 5 versus Version 6) and one within subjects variable (Time 1 versus Time 2). It was conducted over a 16-day period which included data collection at two time points. Four platoons (approximately 200 recruits) participated in the study. Findings show that Version 5, which was shorter and less technical, consistently outperformed Vers

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road to mental readiness
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DRDC-RDDC-2014-R164 — Scientific Report
Date of publication
01 Dec 2014
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