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dc.contributor.author De Beer, Morris
dc.contributor.author Van Heerden, Adelai
dc.date.accessioned 2014-10-24T13:14:33Z
dc.date.available 2014-10-24T13:14:33Z
dc.date.issued 2014-07
dc.identifier.citation De Beer, M. and Van Heerden, A. 2014. Exploring the role of motivational and coping resources in a Special Forces selection process. SA Journal of Industrial Psychology, vol 40 (1), pp 1-13. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0258-5200
dc.identifier.uri http://www.sajip.co.za/index.php/sajip/article/view/1165
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10204/7724
dc.description Copyright: 2014 AOSIS OpenJournals. Published in SA Journal of Industrial Psychology, vol.40(1), pp 1-13. en_US
dc.description.abstract Orientation: Motivational and coping resources were explored within a military context by means of a mixed-methods survey study involving a group of Special Forces candidates. Research purpose: The purpose was to compare selected and not-selected candidates in terms of their sense of coherence, hardiness, locus of control and self-efficacy and to explore what they considered important for success in the selection process. Motivation for the study: Because of high attrition rates in Special Forces selection, the evaluation of the role of motivation and coping resources in terms of possible predictive utility could benefit the organisation from a logistical, financial and efficiency point of view. Research design, approach and method: A mixed-method cross-sectional survey design was used to assess an all-male candidate group (N = 73). The selected and not-selected groups were compared with regard to their sense of coherence, hardiness, locus of control and self-efficacy mean scores. Main findings: No statistically significant differences were found between the mean scores of the two groups concerning the quantitative measures used. Practical/managerial implications: The quantitative measures generally showed acceptable coefficient alpha reliabilities. Although no statistically significant mean differences were found between the groups, candidates showed high levels of sense of coherence, high levels of self-efficacy and average levels of hardiness and internal locus of control. The qualitative data confirmed the relevance of the quantitative constructs and pointed to additional aspects already considered in preparation for and during the selection process. Contribution/value-add: The results provide information regarding the constructs and measures used in a military context. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher AOSIS OpenJournals en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Workflow;13579
dc.subject Special forces selection processes en_US
dc.subject Coping resources en_US
dc.subject Motivational resources en_US
dc.subject Industrial psychology en_US
dc.subject Military career demands en_US
dc.subject Motivation Coping en_US
dc.title Exploring the role of motivational and coping resources in a Special Forces selection process en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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