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Role of social networks in resilience of naval recruits: a quantitative analysis

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Authors
Watling, Andrea M.
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resilience
cohesion
density
and procedural justice.
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Powley, Edward H.
Barrett, Frank J.
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2016-06
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Jun-16
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Monterey, California: Naval Postgraduate School
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The overall purpose of this study is to make a connection between the positive energy levels of Navy recruits and their resilience. We also want to understand the patterns of social networks that might help identify and improve resilience. This study hypothesizes that groups receiving positively framed resilience interventions were more likely to show higher levels of resilience than control groups. Data for this project comes from the Navy's Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes and comprises 1,297 total surveys from a total of eight divisions of recruits at two different time periods. Quantitative analyses using surveys and network data examine the effects of positive energy on recruit resilience within the social networks. The findings of this research suggest that there is a relationship between positive energy networks and resilience. This research serves as a foundation for future research on social networks in the U.S. Navy and provides some recommendations for future work to extend the study on resilience.
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Graduate School of Business and Public Policy (GSBPP)
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This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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