Pilot investigation of an activity-based approach to building hardiness

BMJ Mil Health. 2021 Aug 19:bmjmilitary-2020-001661. doi: 10.1136/bmjmilitary-2020-001661. Online ahead of print.


BACKGROUND: The purpose was to describe an activity-based psychological hardiness training programme delivered by an occupational therapist and examine its acceptability and effectiveness in improving hardiness.

METHOD: Participants (N=28) completed the 6-hour programme, which included pre/post-programme completion of the Dispositional Resilience Scale-15 (DRS-15) and a Program Evaluation Form. Paired t-tests were used to determine differences between pre-training and post-training scores on the DRS-15.

RESULTS: Results showed a significant increase (p<0.05) in total hardiness, commitment, and control scores on the DRS-15 from pre-training to post-training and good-excellent ratings for all categories on the Program Evaluation Form.

CONCLUSIONS: This programme evaluation described an occupational therapist’s role in providing an activity-based psychological hardiness training programme and provided preliminary support for the acceptability of an activity-based approach to training psychological hardiness for service members.

PMID:34413115 | DOI:10.1136/bmjmilitary-2020-001661

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