[IPAC-List] IPAC-List Digest, Vol 23, Issue 24

J Gicking gick47 at yahoo.com
Tue Jun 2 19:15:01 EDT 2020

 MikeLook at what the Army is doing on Soldier Resiliency. It is a big issue right now.Debby Gebhardt
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Today's Topics:

  1. Re: Stress tolerance test (Blair, Michael)
  2. Re: Stress tolerance test (mhammer at 295.ca)
Mike –
We were talking about stress tolerance recently at OPM. The discussion led us down the path of resiliency and the difference between stress tolerance and resiliency. We concluded that the two are highly related and may actually lay along the continuum of a single thing (be it an ability, personality factor, competency, etc.).  So, while not helping you in your quest to identify measures of stress tolerance, I am suggesting that you expand you search to include measures of resiliency. If for no other reason, we found that measuring resiliency seems to be the topic de jour.
Hope things are well.
Michael D. Blair
Lead Personnel Research Psychologist
United States Office of Personnel Management
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Subject: [IPAC-List] Stress tolerance test
A client has asked me to locate and evaluate stress tolerance tests used in personnel selection. Suggestions for such tests would be appreciated.
Michael A. McDaniel, Ph.D.
Work Skills First, Inc.
Cell: 804-301-3036
E-Mail: WorkSkillsFirst at gmail.com

 Not a criticism, as such, but I think one ought to begin by asking
"resiliency" or "tolerance" to what?  Are we talking about:
- managing work/life balance?
- handling overwork (or insufficient resources)?
- managing conflict with management, peers, subordinates, or the public?
- being in over your head in terms of domain expertise?
- handling insults?
- all of the above?
- etc., etc.
There's a lot one might conceivably need to be "resilient" about, and a
lot of stressors one might need to be tolerant of, or successful in coping
with, but maybe some are more endemic to the position than others.  It's a
bit like use of personality tests for selection; more a question of what
*kinds* of tests, or aspects of personality, than a matter of blanket

None of that is a criticism of the exercise or intent.  I just think that
starting out with a brief inventory of what sorts of common stressors
arise in the position, and consideration of the sorts of unsuccessful
coping that would impair job performance, would lead to a more
finely-tuned shopping list.  It may well turn out that what fits best is
not a more general stress-tolerance test, but rather some particular
personality trait (and associated index) that predicts weathering the
trials and tribulations that come with that position more specifically.

As always, relevance is correlated with predictive validity.

Mark Hammer

P.S.: Hope one and all are safe and sound.

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