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Accession Number ADA582856
Title Psychological Health Screening of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) Operators and Supporting Units.
Publication Date Apr 2011
Media Count 14p
Personal Author A. Salinas K. McDonald W. Chappelle
Abstract As a result of the effectiveness of remotely piloted aircraft (RPA), the operational tempo of the MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper has surged over the past decade in support of combat operations. Line leadership and flight medicine providers have raised questions about the impact that such operations have on the psychological disposition of operators tasked with supporting combat air patrols (CAPs) 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. To answer that question, 600 Predator/Reaper operators, 264 Global Hawk operators, and 600 noncombatant airmen supporting RPA operations completed the Malasch Burnout Inventory-General Scale (MBI-GS). They also completed self-report items assessing demographic information, as well as levels and sources of occupational stress. The results of the study revealed the main sources of occupational stress were operational (i.e., long hours, low manning, shift work, human-machine interface difficulties, geographical location of work, concerns regarding career profession and incentives). Compared to noncombatants, Predator/Reaper operators had a higher incidence of emotional exhaustion while levels of cynicism (negative work attitude) and professional efficacy were lower. Global Hawk operators scored the highest on levels of emotional exhaustion and cynicism for all groups. The results of this study suggest there is a high incidence of emotional exhaustion/fatigue among RPA operators as a group in comparison to noncombatant airmen. Efforts to reduce occupational burnout should focus on operational stressors and be equally devoted to weapon- and nonweapon-deploying RPA operators.
Keywords Emotions
Medical screening
Mental health
Nato furnished
Remotely piloted vehicles
Rpa operators
Rpa(Remotely piloted aircraft)

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 92B - Psychology
57T - Psychiatry
57E - Clinical Medicine
74 - Military Sciences
Corporate Author Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1401
Contract Number N/A

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