You are not in the army now! A field study on the impact of a Preparation for Civilian Life program on young soldiers

Merav Lavie, Eyal Lahav, Tal Shavit

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Abstract

Recent years have seen the implementation of educational programs aimed at developing future orientation and better employability skills, mostly for people new to or returning to the job market. In a field study, we investigated the impact of a 5-day program on reintegration to civilian life on young Israeli combat soldiers' time preferences, gratitude, patriotism, and perceptions of their combat experience. Questionnaires administered before and after the program revealed a positive effect on future orientation but a negative effect on gratitude and perceptions of the combat experience. Although the positive effect on future orientation is in line with the program design, the negative effects found should be taken into consideration when planning or improving similar educational programs.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)348-363
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Community Psychology
Volume50
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology

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