Team resilience emergence: perspectives and experiences of military personnel selected for elite military training

Michael T. Chapman*, Philip Temby, Monique Crane, Nikos Ntoumanis, Eleanor Quested, Cecilie Thøgersen-Ntoumani, Sharon K. Parker, Kagan J. Ducker, Peter Peeling, Daniel Gucciardi

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We conducted a longitudinal (3-month) qualitative study to examine elite military personnel’s 3 (N=32) experiences and perspectives of team resilience emergence following two team-oriented 4 training courses within an 18-month high-stakes training program where personnel are required 5 to operate in newly formed tactical teams for extended periods. Our thematically informed
6 interpretations of the participants’ subjective experiences of reality were constructed according to 7 five key themes: (i) adversity is an enduring, shared experience of an event; (ii) individuals 8 recognise adversity through physiological and/or behavioural states; (iii) self-regulatory skills 9 underpin individual performance, yet social resources bind them together to set the foundation 10 for team resilience; (iv) shared experiences of adversity and collective structures strengthen 11 social bonds and mental models needed for resilience emergence; and (v) behavioural processes 12 and shared states are how individual and team capacities are translated into performance under
13 adversity. These findings provide novel insights that supplement our current understanding of 14 team resilience emergence, including the varying means by which adversity may be collectively 15 experienced, synergies between specific forms of adversity and resilience processes or protective 16 factors, and the unique influence of performance context (e.g., task type).
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages55
JournalEuropean Journal of Social Psychology
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 18 Jun 2021


  • adversity
  • contagion
  • group dynamics
  • situation awareness
  • temporal dynamics
  • trust


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