This brief is about whether students who join the military in Germany have a difference in personality compared to those who do not, and whether military service changes service members' personalities. In practice and policy, policymakers should consider how military experience affects service members' long-term health and well-being. Suggestions for future research include also studying female service members and expanding the sample to other countries to see whether the same effects occur in other countries' military personnel.
Jackson, J. J., Thoemmes, F., Jonkmann, K., Lüdtke, O., & Trautwein, U. (2012). Military training and personality trait development: Does the military make the man, or does the man make the military? Psychological Science, 23(3), 270–277. https://doi.org/10.1177/0956797611423545
Behavioral Disciplines and Activities | Medicine and Health | Medicine and Health Sciences | Military and Veterans Studies | Psychiatry and Psychology | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Social and Behavioral Sciences
Personality, Military, Personality development, Propensity score, Agreeableness, Adolescents, Adolescent development, Life experiences, Causal analysis, Environmental effects
Personality; Soldiers; Personality development; Teenagers; Youth development; Life change events; Human beings; Effect of environment on
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Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University
Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University, "Research Brief: "Military Training and Personality Trait Development: Does the Military Make the Man, or Does the Man Make the Military?"" (2012). Institute for Veterans and Military Families. 298.
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