An International Perspective on Military Psychology

Jarle Eid, Francois Lescreve and Gerry Larsson

in The Oxford Handbook of Military Psychology

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780195399325
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

An International Perspective on Military Psychology

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Modern military operations require interoperability and coalition efforts to succeed. The significance of human factors in future military operations signals a greater need for international collaboration and exchange in military psychology. A brief overview of the development of military psychology in three European countries reveals many striking similarities despite different historical trajectories and national priorities. Following from these national perspectives, a greater emphasis on international collaboration emerges. This chapter presents an overview of current forums for international dialogue and exchange in military psychology. Although this survey is not exhaustive, seven major venues for international exchange in military psychology are identified. In the final section the results from a web-based survey on military psychology with 314 respondents are presented. The survey reveals that the International Military Testing Association and the American Psychological Association–Division 19 are the best-known forums for military psychology. Most respondents disagree with the statement that military psychology is heavily dependent on national conditions and consider international collaborative work to be important to helping them be effective in their job. In contrast, many respondents have few or no international interactions, probably due to budget constraints or a lack of recognition of the need by their supervisors.

Keywords: Military psychology; international; Belgium; Norway; Sweden; APA Division 19; EDA-ESM04; ERGOMAS; HFM; IAMPS; IMTA; ISMS

Article.  8686 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Social Psychology ; Organizational Psychology

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