Spiritual Fitness and Resilience
Oct 3, 2013
This final report in a series is designed to help the Air Force promote mental and physical resilience among its Airmen, civilian employees, and Air Force families and thus improve overall health and well-being. The report reviews the concepts and measures of resilience, resilience factors, hardiness and flourishing. It highlights the eight fitness domain companion reports and types of Air Force data that could be used to track resilience.
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This final overarching report in a series documents research and recommendations RAND offered to the Air Force to help strengthen the development of a new office responsible for monitoring and promoting resilience among Air Force Airmen, civilian employees, and Air Force families. Efforts to boost resilience have become an important military response to suicide and other markers of distress and poor health. The report reviews the concepts and measures of resilience, resilience factors, hardiness and flourishing. It describes how resilience and the military's Total Force Fitness concepts are related. The report brings together highlights from the eight companion reports on each Total Force Fitness domain and characterizes types of Air Force data that could be used to track resilience.
The U.S. Military, Resilience, and Total Force Fitness
Resilience-Related Scientific Research In Each of the Total Force Fitness Domains
Resilience-Related Air Force Data
Promoting Resilience in the Air Force
Measures of Resilience, Hardiness, and Flourishing Among Adults, Children, and Adolescents
The research reported here was sponsored by the Air Force offices of Airman and Family Services (AF/A1S), the Surgeon General (AF/SG), and the Secretary of the Air Force, Force Management and Personnel (SAF/MRM) and conducted within the Manpower, Personnel, and Training Program of RAND Project AIR FORCE.
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