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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 24-27

Psychological screening of submariners - is there a need?

1 Senior Adviser in Psychiatry, INHS Asvini, Colaba, Mumbai - 400005, India
2 Classified Specialist in Marine Medicine & Psychiatrist, INHS Asvini, Colaba, Mumbai - 400005, India

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DOI: 10.4103/0975-3605.203224

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The nature of the profession makes heavy psychological demands on submariners, who operate for prolonged durations in an environment which is cognitivcly demanding, socially isolated, potentially hazardous, with habitability constraints and cireadian rhythm challenges. Various navies around the world have adopted different approaches towards psychological screening of submariners. This article reviews available literature, assesses the need for psychological screening of Indian submariners and discusses the way forward.

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