Psychology Aweigh!: A History of Clinical Psychology in the United States Navy, 1900–1988

Pages: 249
Item #: 4316100
ISBN: 978-1-55798-086-1
List Price: $9.95
Member/Affiliate Price: $9.95
Copyright: 1990
Format: Hardcover
Note: This book is out of print and no longer available for purchase.

This publication catalogues the accomplishments that have taken place in clinical psychology within the U.S. Navy since the turn of the century. The author illustrates the changing attitudes toward clinical psychology, not only in the Navy but also in civilian life.

An epilogue describes what it is like to be a Navy Clinical Psychologist, along with a look at what the future holds in store for this field.

Table of Contents





  1. The Beginnings of Clinical Psychology

I. The Evolution of Clinical Psychology in the U.S. Navy

  1. Before World War I
  2. World War I
  3. Between the Wars
  4. World War II
  5. Enter the Medical Service Corps
  6. The Korean War
  7. The Vietnam Era
  8. The Training Program at Bethesda
  9. Women in Clinical Psychology and the Armed Forces
  10. The Chief Clinical Psychologists, 1944–1988
  11. The Civilian Consultants

II. Recruit Screening and Evaluation

  1. Early Standards for Recruits
  2. The Introduction of Binet-Type Testing
  3. Recruit Screening in World War I
  4. Recruit Screening in World War II
  5. The Search for an Actuarial (Statistical) Approach to Screening
  6. The Marginal Recruit

III. The Practice of Clinical Psychology in the U.S. Navy—Then and Now

  1. Introduction
  2. Administration and Management
  3. Direct Mental Health Services
    • Hospitals and Clinics
    • The Issue of Sexuality
    • Health Psychology
    • Alcohol and Drug Abuse
    • Crisis and Postdisaster Intervention
  4. Duty with the Operating Forces–Not Just in the Navy, But of the Navy
    • The U.S. Naval Academy
    • The Fleet Marine Forces
    • The Submarine Service
    • The Naval Air Service
    • The SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape) Program
    • The SEALs (Sea–Air–Land Teams)
    • Forensic Psychology
    • The Marine Security Battalion
  5. Research


  1. The Personal World of a Navy Clinical Psychologist
  2. The Future of Clinical Psychology in the U.S. Navy


Appendixes and Indexes

  1. Ranks in the U.S. Navy
  2. Uniformed Navy Clinical Psychologists on Extended Active Duty, Medical Service Corps, 1948—1988
  3. Suggestions for the Management of Psychological Services in the U.S. Navy

Name and Author Index

Subject Index

List of Tables

  1. Marine Corps Recruit Screening Tests, Binet-Type, 1915
  2. Comparison of Recruits' Test Scores With Performance Record, Marine Corps, 1915
  3. Service Records of Follow-Up Group of Marine Corps Recruits, 1915
  4. Comparison of Service Records of Suspect Group and Normal Control Group, Navy Recruit Screening Program, 1941–1944
  5. Comparison of Psychiatric Discharge Rates of Recruits at Three Naval Training Stations, 1943
  6. Comparison of Intelligence Test Scores With Year-End Academic Standing, Freshmen, U.S. Naval Academy, 1922–1923

List of Figures

  1. Navy Recruit Screening Card, Brief History, 1919
  2. Navy Recruit Screening Form, Reverse Side of Preliminary Psychiatric Test Sheet, List of "Character Descriptives," 1919
  3. Navy Recruit Screening Form, Neurological Examination, 1919
  4. Navy Recruit Screening Card, Life History, 1917–1918