Character Strength Changes & Deployment

Research Paper Title Development of character strengths across the deployment cycle among US Army soldiers. Background Despite a narrative of post-traumatic growth and resilience, research reliably demonstrating positive character development following adversity has proved elusive. In the current study, the researchers examined changes in character strengths in Army soldiers deploying for the first time. Method… Read More


Should We Consider Adverse Environmental Factors in Understanding PTSD?

Research Paper Title Do Different Types of War Stressors Have Independent Relations With Mental Health? Findings From the Korean Vietnam Veterans Study. Background South Korea had the second largest contingent of soldiers in the Vietnam War, but little is known about their adaptation, especially in later life. Previous work in a different sample found very… Read More

Built or Revealed…

“Adversity doesn’t build character, it reveals it.” Has been attributed to both: Vincent Thomas “Vince” Lombardi (1913 to 1970) was an American football player, coach, and executive in the National Football League. James Lane Allen (1849 to 1925) was an American novelist and short story writer whose work, including the novel A Kentucky Cardinal, often… Read More