Military Psychology

Michael D. Matthews and Janice H. Laurence

in The Oxford Handbook of Military Psychology

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

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Military Psychology

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Beginning with the major wars of the twentieth century and continuing to the current conflicts of the twenty-first century, war pushed paradigm shifts in a variety of scientific disciplines, including psychology. Psychology and its closely associated disciplines are critical to success in contemporary war, and this need will lead to revolutionary developments in the science and practice of psychology. Collectively, the topics covered in this handbook describe the myriad ways that modern psychology influences warfare, and vice versa. Advances made in military psychology influence all sub-disciplines of psychology. This chapter synthesizes the themes drawn from the chapters in this book and explores potential future directions for military psychology. There are few other sub-disciplines of psychology that are as broad and far-reaching or where the potential exists to influence the lives of so many people.

Keywords: Psychology; military; military psychology; warfare; war

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Subjects: Psychology ; Social Psychology ; Clinical Psychology

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