Latvian scientists develop assessment tool for armed forces

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The National Armed Forces (NBS) received a new personality assessment tool developed by Latvian scientists, reported Latvian Radio on May 28.

The test will allow the assessment of personality traits and mental state, as well as physiological parameters. Military psychologists especially praise the digitalized environment of the tool.

Researchers from Rīgas Stradina University (RSU) and Rīga Technical University (RTU) have worked on the program for several years. It should be used in the work of military psychologists, and it is designed in accordance with the specific nature of the Latvian cultural environment, said the project leader, neurologist Ainārs Stepēns.

The test is specific in each individual assessment process and looks at problems such as post-traumatic stress, suicide and depression risks. It also includes a personal decision-making evaluation function.

This will enable military psychologists to select soldiers more quickly and accurately, as it is important to determine whether the candidate has the necessary characteristics and to assess their suitability for certain tasks.

Solvita Vaserberga, senior psychologist at the NBS Security Command headquarters, said that until now all selection testing had been carried out at the Psychological diagnostics center. She acknowledged that a face-to-face conversation with the soldier would still be required but the test is valuable for acquisition of additional data.

The researchers indicated that in the future it should not only be used in the military but also by clinical psychologists and in evaluation of employees in special services.


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