Understanding Military Workforce Productivity

Effects of Substance Abuse, Health, and Mental Health

  • Robert M. Bray
  • Laurel L. Hourani
  • Jason Williams
  • Marian E. Lane
  • Mary Ellen Marsden

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Robert M. Bray, Laurel L. Hourani, Jason Williams, Marian E. Lane, Mary Ellen Marsden
    Pages 1-19
  3. Robert M. Bray, Laurel L. Hourani, Jason Williams, Marian E. Lane, Mary Ellen Marsden
    Pages 21-49
  4. Robert M. Bray, Laurel L. Hourani, Jason Williams, Marian E. Lane, Mary Ellen Marsden
    Pages 51-80
  5. Robert M. Bray, Laurel L. Hourani, Jason Williams, Marian E. Lane, Mary Ellen Marsden
    Pages 81-108
  6. Robert M. Bray, Laurel L. Hourani, Jason Williams, Marian E. Lane, Mary Ellen Marsden
    Pages 109-143
  7. Robert M. Bray, Laurel L. Hourani, Jason Williams, Marian E. Lane, Mary Ellen Marsden
    Pages 145-164
  8. Robert M. Bray, Laurel L. Hourani, Jason Williams, Marian E. Lane, Mary Ellen Marsden
    Pages 165-184
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 185-188

About this book

Introduction

From the stresses of repeated deployments to the difficulties of re-entry into civilian life, we are just beginning to understand how protracted conflicts, such as those in Iraq and Afghanistan, are affecting service members. Issues such as risky health behaviors and chemical dependence raise productivity concerns as they do with all organizations, but they also have a profound impact on the safety and readiness of troops--and by extension, the military as a whole--in life-or-death situations.

 

Understanding Military Workforce Productivity cuts through the myths and misconceptions about the health and resilience of today's active-duty armed forces.

This first-of-its-kind volume presents up-to-date findings across service branches in core health areas including illness and injury, alcohol and drug abuse, tobacco use, obesity, and mental health. The short- and long-term implications discussed relate to the quality of the lives of service members and their families, the quality and preparedness of the military as a workforce, and prevention and intervention efforts. The book:

 

  • Presents data from ten large-scale health behavior surveys sponsored by the Department of Defense.
  • Offers background context for understanding health and behavioral health and productivity among service members.
  • Introduces a health and behavioral health model of productivity loss in the armed forces.
  • Compares key indicators of substance abuse, health, and mental health in military and civilian populations.
  • Reviews approaches for improving military productivity.
  • Identifies areas for further study.

 

Understanding Military Workforce Productivity offers a rare close-up of health issues in the services, making it an invaluable source of information for practitioners and researchers in mental health, substance abuse, health behaviors, and military behavioral health.

Keywords

Alcohol Drug Abuse Epidemiology Health Psychology Mental Health Military Health Smoking

Authors and affiliations

  • Robert M. Bray
    • 1
  • Laurel L. Hourani
    • 2
  • Jason Williams
    • 3
  • Marian E. Lane
    • 4
  • Mary Ellen Marsden
    • 5
  1. 1.RTI InternationalResearch Triangle ParkUSA
  2. 2.RTI InternationalResearch Triangle ParkUSA
  3. 3.RTI InternationalResearch Triangle ParkUSA
  4. 4.RTI InternationalResearch Triangle ParkUSA
  5. 5.RTI InternationalResearch Triangle ParkUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-78303-1
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-78302-4
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-78303-1
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