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Title An Empirical Characteristic of Cognitive Styles of Military Academies Trainees Exhibiting Psychological Wellbeing
Author(s) Ivan V. Gorbachyov, Valery S. Agapov and Nataliya N. Krasnoshatanova
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Ivan V. Gorbachyov, adjunct, the Military University of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, Moscow, Russia.
Valery S. Agapov, Dr. Sci. (Psychology), professor, professor at General Psychology and Labour Psychology chair, Russian New University, Moscow, Russia.
Nataliya N. Krasnoshatanova, Cand. Sci. (Pedagogy), Ass. Prof. at Legal Psychology chair, Kikotya Moscow University of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation, Moscow, Russia.

DOI 10.35853/LAU.WS.2019.SP10
Section Socio-psychological section
Year 2019 UDK Index 159.923:355.484 Pages 96 - 105

To create conditions necessary for fostering psychological wellbeing is one of the main tasks of psychological support to the military. This empirical study aims to confirm the link between a cognitive component of psychological wellbeing and personality cognitive style. The sample consisted of trainees of one military academy. The authors exploited the questionnaire Individual Style of Cognitive Behavior by O. N. Manolova and A. N. Gusev to investigate the cognitive styles of the military trainees. The key criterion was the number and symmetry of positive selections per each dichotomized scale. The results obtained testified to quite wellbalanced cognitive styles of the cadets: the scale Dependence-Independence showed a maximum internal scatter – 26 %, which means that the respondents tend to rely on their knowledge, experience, and skills in terms of average orientation to external social features. Scales Impulsiveness-Reflexivity demonstrated a minimum scatter – 6,2 %, which characterizes the trainees as cold-blooded and self-composed while making decisions, quick in decision making under uncertainty. High Reflexivity values indicate that trainees have a penchant for balanced and thought-out decisions rather than impulsive ones. The harmony of the development of these cognitive styles means that depending on the particularities of professional activities the military cadets can act both impulsively and on a balanced basis.

Keywords psychological wellbeing, cognitive styles, cadets, military service.
For citation

Gorbachyov IV, Agapov VS, Krasnoshatanova NN. An Empirical Characteristic of Cognitive Styles of Military Academies Trainees Exhibiting Psychological Wellbeing. In: Perelygina EB, Zotova OYu, Drozdova AV, Tarasova LV. (eds.) Wellbeing and Security in the Face of Social Transformations: Collection of academic papers from the 10th International Symposium (Yekaterinburg, July 9–10, 2019). Yekaterinburg: Liberal Arts University – University for Humanities; 2019. p. 96–105. Available from: doi:10.35853/LAU.WS.2019.SP10.

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Submitted 03.11.2019
Accepted 05.12.2019