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Resilience in relation to the FIRST self-defense training

Witte, L.M. de (2018) Resilience in relation to the FIRST self-defense training.

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Abstract:In the Dutch society feelings of insecurity exist among citizens due to events such as recent terrorist attacks in Europe. As a result, people adjust their behaviour, for example by avoiding certain destinations. Therefore, it might be important to increase the resilience of individuals. A training methodology aimed at increasing the resilience is the FIRST (Functional Intuitive Replication Scenario Training) training. The current study has examined whether the psychological resilience of civilians of the Netherlands can be increased by following this training. In total, 70 participants have participated. The effects of the training on their resilience is measured by the use of questionnaires. The results show people being less optimistic, having an increased risk perception and an increased level of self-efficacy after following the FIRST training. Although the training causes people to have a less optimistic view afterwards, which may be associated with their increased risk perception, it can be stated that this is a positive finding because awareness of risks is a prerequisite to respond effectively to a threatening situation. Therefore, this study suggests that the FIRST training can improve the resilience of individuals.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
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