Fabio Ibrahim, Dean Stave, Ansgar Johannes Dietmar Herchenröder, Nikolas Heim, Clemens Lorei, Philipp Yorck Herzberg, Niels Hanssen & Robert-Jacek Gorzka

Helmut-Schmidt-Universität Hamburg, 2Zentraldienst der Polizei Brandenburg, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, Hessische Hochschule für Polizei und Verwaltung, Kommando Feldjäger der Bundeswehr, Kommando Streitkräftebasis der Bundeswehr

Contributions to Deployment Psychology: Extreme Group Research in a Military and Police Context Using the Example of Resilience in Highly Specialized IT Personnel

Extreme groups are characterized by shared traits, abilities and skills that manifest as being extremely below or above average The extreme manifestation of variables can be attributed to genetic causes as well as to causes of developmental and environmental psychology In this context, a synergistic effect of these factors can be assumed as a prerequisite for the formation of extreme groups Owing to the increasing demand for highly specialized professionals in extreme domains, the following question arises from the perspective of personnel management: Are the existing research approaches and investigation methods used in ex­treme group studies adequate to capture the complexity of extreme manifestations of traits with sufficient validity and reliability? Possible challenges of extreme group research such as the operationalization of extreme characteristics, the management of participants as well as the interpreta­tion and practical implementation of research questions are discussed from the perspective of operational psychology. The present article aims to discuss extreme group research as a productive approach to research issues and methods, using the example of IT specialists.

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