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Military Psychology vs. Civilian Psychology

Please explain the role of psychology in the military subspecialty. Describe its roles in interrogations in various settings including but not limited to prisoner-of-war camps and warfare. Briefly explain the most important differences in the practice of military psychology from that of civilian psychology.

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Hi and thank you for using Brainmass. The solution below should get you started. In this particular task, you are being asked to differentiate from military psychology vs. civilian psychology. In forensic psychology, these are subspecialties that can only be understood in application. I suggest using this simple outline:

1. Forensic Psychology - military - 100 words
2. Differentiation from civilian practice - 100 words
3. Application example - 100 words

This outline should cover what you need. You can also use the listed resources to further explore the topic. Just let me know via the feedback section if you need further clarification. All the best with your studies.

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Military Psychology

It is important to note that the current widely available practice of applied psychology had military origins - in the treatment of 'melancholia' among WW2 soldiers, cases which we now term as PTSD. Just what does a military psychology role entail? WiseGeek (2013) writes, "Psychologists are very important to many military groups, as they can assist in the identification of candidates for special jobs, analyze the mental risks of combat and other related situations, and help device strategies for information gathering. A military psychologist can also help returning troops deal with emotional trauma and readjustment to civilian life, both serious concerns for those soldiers and military personnel returning from combat ...

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The solution provides information, assistance and advice for tackling the topic of military psychology as a subspecialty. Resources are listed for further exploration of the topic. A word version is also attached.