Military psychology has become one of the world’s fastest-growing disciplines with ever-emerging new applications of research and development. The Routledge International Handbook of Military Psychology and Mental Health is a compendium of chapters by internationally renowned scholars in the field, bringing forth the state of the art in the theory, practice and future prospects of military psychology.

This uniquely interdisciplinary volume deliberates upon the current issues and applications of military psychology not only within the military organization and the discipline of psychology, but also in the larger context of its role of building a better world. Split into three parts dedicated to specific themes, the first part of the book, "Military Psychology: The Roots and the Journey," provides an overview of the evolution of the discipline over the years, delving into concepts as varied as culture and cognition in the military, a perspective on the role of military psychology in future warfare and ethical issues. The second part, "Soldiering: Deployment and Beyond," considers the complexities involved in soldiering in view of the changing nature of warfare, generating a focal discourse on various aspects of military leadership, soldier resilience and post-traumatic growth in the face of extreme situations, bravery and character strengths and transitioning to civilian life. In the final section, "Making a Choice: Mental Health Issues and Prospects in the Military," the contributors focus on the challenges and practices involved in maintaining the mental health of the soldier, covering issues ranging from stress, mental health and well-being, through to suicide risk and its prevention, intervention and management strategies, moral injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Incorporating enlightening contributions of eminent scholars from around the world, the volume is a comprehensive repository of current perspectives and future directions in the domain of military psychology. It will prove a valuable resource for mental health practitioners, military leaders, policy-makers and academics and students across a range of disciplines.

part I|1 pages

Military psychology: The roots and the journey

chapter 1|9 pages

Military psychology in war and peace

An appraisal
BySwati Mukherjee, Updesh Kumar

chapter 2|25 pages

War, peace and the military in Biblical and ancient Greek societies

ByMatthew B. Schwartz, Kalman J. Kaplan

chapter 3|11 pages

Four stages in the evolution of military Enlistment testing

ByMichael G. Rumsey

chapter 4|14 pages


Orphan of military psychology
ByJacques J. Gouws

chapter 5|10 pages

The application of culture and cognition within a military context

ByFaizan Imtiaz, Mark Khei, Li-Jun Ji

chapter 6|14 pages

Military psychology and the fourth industrial revolution

Implications for the South African National Defence Force's Directorate psychology
ByPetrus C. Bester

chapter 7|14 pages

War of the future and prospective directions of military psychology

ByAlexander G. Karayani

chapter 8|33 pages

Ethical issues in military psychology

Promoting international ethical readiness
ByThomas E. Myers, Shane S. Bush

part II|1 pages

Soldiering: Deployment and beyond

chapter 9|13 pages

Shaping military leaders

Role of character strengths and virtues
ByArchana, Samridhi Ahuja, Updesh Kumar

chapter 10|18 pages

Posttraumatic growth in military populations

Theory, research, and application
ByK. C. Kalmbach, Bret A. Moore

chapter 11|13 pages

Building resilience and hardiness in military leaders – Robustness training programs of the German Army

ByOliver Krueckel, Annett Heidler, Nicola von Luedinghausen, Markus Auschek, Matthias Soest

chapter 12|15 pages

Sustainable team leadership

Social identity and collective leadership for military and society
ByAntónio Palma Rosinha, Hermes de Andrade, Marcos Aguiar de Souza

chapter 13|13 pages

The physical bravery study

Findings and implications for small, innovative research studies with military/veteran populations
ByKristen J. Vescera, Jacie Brown, Catherine Hausman, Bruce Bongar

chapter 14|16 pages

Military recruiting in the United States

Selection, assessment, training, well-being, and performance coaching
ByStephen V. Bowles, Bettina Schmid, Laurel K. Cofell Rashti, Susan J. Scapperotti, Tracy D. Smith, Paul T. Bartone, Peter Mikoski

chapter 15|13 pages

Validity assessment in military psychology

ByNoah K. Kaufman, Shane S. Bush

chapter 16|17 pages

Reintegration and military family health

Military training and its relationship to post-deployment role conflict in intimate partner relationships
ByE. Ann Jeschke, Jessica M. LaCroix, Amber M. Fox, Laura A. Novak, Marjan Ghahramanlou Holloway

chapter 17|12 pages

Lone wolf terrorism

ByBruce Bongar, Anna Feinman, Renata Sargon

chapter 18|14 pages

Why do they leave? A conceptual model of military turnover

ByH. Canan Sümer, Ipek Mete

chapter 19|12 pages

Transition from military to civilian life

ByHarprit Kaur, Swati

part III|1 pages

Making a choice: Mental health issues and prospects in the military

chapter 20|35 pages

Military burnout and work engagement

A qualitative systematic literature review
ByMaria José Chambel, Sílvia Lopes, Filipa Castanheira, Carolina Rodrigues-Silveira

chapter 21|13 pages

Stress, burnout and coping in the military environment

ByYonel Ricardo de Souza, Fabio Biasotto Feitosa

chapter 22|16 pages

Stress experiences and abilities to cope

Civil population versus military personnel
ByVijay Parkash

chapter 23|11 pages

Military-related mental health morbidities

A neurobiological approach
ByShobit Garg, Jyoti Mishra

chapter 24|14 pages

Clinical health psychology applications in military settings

ByRyaja Johnson, Larry C. James

chapter 25|13 pages

Suicide prevention strategies in military populations

ByMarissa N. Eusebio, Abigale Brady, Bruce Bongar

chapter 26|22 pages

Military sexual trauma and suicidal self-directed violence

A narrative review and proposed agenda for future research
ByLindsey L. Monteith, Ryan Holliday, Tim Hoyt, Nazanin H. Bahraini

chapter 27|14 pages

Understanding suicide among female veterans

A theory-driven approach
ByLindsey L. Monteith, Ryan Holliday, Diana P. Brostow, Claire A. Hoffmire

chapter 28|12 pages

Resilience and stress in military combat flight engineers

ByReoot Cohen-Koren, Dror Garbi, Shirley Gordon, Nirit Yavnai, Yifat Erlich Shoham, Leah Shelef

chapter 29|14 pages

Family-based psychological interventions

A heuristic approach
ByJyoti Mishra, Shobit Garg

chapter 30|15 pages

Chronic disease risks and service-related post-traumatic stress disorder in military veterans

ByJeanne Mager Stellman, Steven D. Stellman

chapter 31|15 pages

Neurotransmitter and neurotrophic biomarkers in combat-related posttraumatic stress disorder

ByGordana Nedic Erjavec, Matea Nikolac Perkovic, Dubravka Svob Strac, Lucija Tudor, Nela Pivac

chapter 32|14 pages

Neuroendocrine and immune biomarkers of posttraumatic stress disorder in combat veterans

ByNela Pivac, Marcela Konjevod, Marina Sagud, Suzana Uzun, Oliver Kozumplik

chapter 33|16 pages

Moral injury in service members and veterans

BySheila Frankfurt, Alanna Coady, Breanna Grunthal, Stephanie Ellickson-Larew, Brett T. Litz

chapter 34|9 pages

Student service members/veterans’ mental health on campus

Risk and resources
ByDan Nyaronga