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Sanidad Militar

versión impresa ISSN 1887-8571


PEREZ HIDALGO, A. M.  y  RODRIGUEZ GONZALEZ, J.M.. Analysis of the emotional state of a Spanish army unit in an area of operations. Sanid. Mil. [online]. 2011, vol.67, n.2, pp.71-77. ISSN 1887-8571.

Introduction: Military people, due to the special caracteristics of their work and the places in which takes place, becomes a vulnerable group to suffer emotional changes, resultant of facing such situations. Materials and Methods: A total of 168 Members (with an average age of 27 years, 12% women and 88% men) from the Spanish Army and Navy have been evaluated, displaced during 4 months in 2005 to the former Yugoslavia The objective of this research is the analysis of the changes generated in the negative emotional states of those individuals. Data collection took place in two different moments: the first one during the concentration pre-deployment period and the second one in a period just before the return to national territory. On both times we used the STAI anxiety test State-Trait. Results: The result shows the presence of significant differences between the measures of state anxiety in the first and second phase influenced by the sex and academic level, although the levels of state anxiety and Trait anxiety do not reach at any time negative ratings. Conclusions: The lived experience alters levels of anxiety state of the sample. Higher level training enhance coping a positive experience.

Palabras clave : Anxiety; negative emotions; operations area; military troop.

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