The impact of tolerance on uncertainty on the mental adaptation of servicemen



The article presents the results of a comprehensive psychological and psychophysiological study of the impact of tolerance on uncertainty on mental adaptation among officers of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation. The instrumental and diagnostic complex consisted of activity-behavioral, personal, emotional-volitional, psychophysiological methods. The definition of the psychophysiological features of the response to stress and the assessment of the state of the autonomic nervous system was carried out using Biofeedback. Following methods were used during the research — statistical method of clustering by the k-means method, Kolmogorov-Smirnov criterion, nonparametric Mann-Whitney criterion U for independent samples, construction of classification trees with moderation of significant factors. Also the article contains the description of the psychological profiles of officers with high and low meanings of tolerance for uncertainty. During the research it was found that the level of tolerance to uncertainty has an influence on the level of the mental situation, depending on the conditions of service. So, the group of people with high meanings of tolerance for uncertainty will show mental stability and professional reliability in a situation of extreme profile. It is found that high tolerance to uncertainty in the conditions of service in peacetime is associated with severe symptoms of emotional burnout, and such personal features as impulsivity, incontinence, risk appetite, and self-dissatisfaction. And the group with a low level of tolerance to uncertainty under extreme conditions will have high professional reliability and mental stability in conditions of service in peacetime.

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Keywords: tolerance to uncertainty, officers of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, professional burnout, mental disadaptation, professional reliability

Journal rubric: Psychology of Labor and Engineering Psychology

Article type: scientific article


For citation: Kovaleva M.E., Bulygina V.G., Noss I.N., Kabanova T.N. The impact of tolerance on uncertainty on the mental adaptation of servicemen. Eksperimental'naâ psihologiâ = Experimental Psychology (Russia), 2019. Vol. 12, no. 2, pp. 145–161. DOI: 10.17759/exppsy.2019120211. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Mariya E. Kovaleva, Junior Researcher Associate of the Laboratory of the psychohygiene and psychoprophylaxis, Federal State Budgetary Institution "V. Serbsky Nathional Medical Research Centre for Psychiatry and Narcology" of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:

Vera G. Bulygina, Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Head of Laboratory of Psychohygiene and Psychoprophylaxis, V.P. Serbsky National Medical Research Center of Psychiatry and Narcology of the Ministry of Health of Russian Federation, Professor, Department of Clinical and Forensic Psychology, Faculty of Legal Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Igor N. Noss, Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Leading Research Associate of Laboratory of the Psychohygiene and Psychoprophylaxis, Federal State Budgetary Institution "V. Serbsky Nathional Medical Research Centre for Psychiatry and Narcology" of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation, Professor, Department of Psychology Organizational and Work Psychology, Moscow State Regional University, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:

Tatiana N. Kabanova, PhD in Psychology, Senior science researcher of the Laboratory of psychohygiene and psychoprophylaxis, Federal State Budgetary Institution “V. Serbsky National Medical Research Centre for Psychiatry and Narcology” of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:



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