Army officers have larger stress however decrease high quality of life than different ranks: DRDO examine

Vijay Mohan

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 26

While the Indian Army personnel have reasonable ranges of occupational stress, the degrees of psychological well-being and high quality of life amongst the rank and file is nice, a brand new examine undertaken by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has revealed.

In the occupational hierarchy, officers have been discovered to have highest stress ranges however lowest ranges of psychological well-being and high quality of life, whereas junior commissioned officers (JCOs) reported the very best stage of psychological well-being and high quality of life adopted by different non-commissioned personnel.

Moderate stress ranges might be because of the strenuous nature of labor, position ambiguity, frequent postings, separation from households and hazard/risk amongst numerous different causes. The traditional calls for of a number of deployments exposing the personnel to common disturbing situations have proven monumental deterioration in psychological and bodily well being situations together with, decrease morale, extra psychological well being issues, and extra stress-related work issues, in keeping with the researchers.

“The Indian Army’s role is to protect the whole nation and not an individual or a group, by ensuring national security and national unity, by defending the nation from external aggression and internal threats, and maintaining peace and security within its borders. The great importance of this duty puts tremendous stress on army personnel. Recent media reports indicate over four times more soldiers die battling stress rather than fighting militants in North-East or Kashmir,” the examine says.

Undertaken by 4 scientists on the DRDO’s Defence Institute of Psychological Research (DIPR), New Delhi, the examine was printed on July 22. DIPR’s core work space is personnel choice analysis, organisational behaviour, stress and fight stress administration, soft-skill improvement and the human think about man-machine interface.

The respondents for the examine have been 150 male personnel aged between 25 to 45 years who have been posted in one of many largest coaching centres of the Army and have had experiences in area and counter-insurgency areas. These included 50 officers, 50 junior commissioned officers (JCO) and 50 non-commissioned ranks.

Researchers discovered occupational stress to be negatively correlated with psychological well-being in addition to with the standard of life, whereas psychological well-being and high quality of life have been discovered to be positively correlated.

Analysis of descriptive statistics by researchers has proven that, within the Occupational Stress Index, the entire imply is excessive on all three occupations (hierarchical) ranges. Among all three ranges, officers have reported the very best stage of occupational stress, adopted by JCOs. Non-commissioned personnel reported a barely decrease stage of occupational stress than JCOs.

“One of the reasons of the above findings might be an officer holds a position of authority and therefore has more work responsibility and management responsibility as compared to JCOs and non-commissioned personnel, leading to higher levels of stress,” the examine states. “Moreover, officers are responsible for decision making, planning, and execution of various activities. In the Indian Army, JCOs have longer years of service than officers, due to which officers accord JCO’s great respect and have a great amount of influence in their welfare and morale. Hence JCO’s have lower occupational stress level than officers,” the examine provides.

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