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Published in The Role of Emotion and Emotion Regulation in Job Stress and Well Being, ed. Pamela L. Perrewé, Christopher C. Rosen,and Jonathon R.B. Halbeslebe, Research in Occupational Stress and Well Being series, Volume 11, pp. 103–132; doi:10.1108/S1479-3555(2013)0000011008


This article is a U.S. government work, and is not subject to copyright in the United States.


This chapter examines the role of stress and emotional well-being as critical antecedents of important outcomes in the military context. In it, we provide a framework for understanding the sources of stress among military personnel. Using this model, we review the risk factors associated with combat and deployment cycles in addition to protective factors, such as personality characteristics and social support, which mitigate the effects of stress on emotional well-being and performance. Finally, we evaluate efforts by military organizations to enhance the emotional well-being of service members through training programs designed to build resiliency.