Investigation and analysis of the mental health of divers before and after the 84 m heliox dive training

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Author:
MAO Ding(Faculty of Diving Medicine, Naval Medical Department, Second Military Medical University, Shanghai 200433, China)
LIU Yu-long(Faculty of Diving Medicine, Naval Medical Department, Second Military Medical University, Shanghai 200433, China)
ZHENG Zhi-jun()
PENG Zhao-yun(Faculty of Diving Medicine, Naval Medical Department, Second Military Medical University, Shanghai 200433, China)
LIU Wen-wu(Faculty of Diving Medicine, Naval Medical Department, Second Military Medical University, Shanghai 200433, China)
TAO Heng-yi(Faculty of Diving Medicine, Naval Medical Department, Second Military Medical University, Shanghai 200433, China)
Journal Title:
Chinese Journal of Nautical Medicine and Hyperbaric Medicine
Issue:
Volume 18, Issue 05, 2011
DOI:
10.3760/cma.j.issn.1009-6906.2011.05.003
Key Word:
Heliox dive;Diver;Mental health;Self-rating anxiety scale;Self-rating depression scale;Symptom checklist

Abstract: Objective To investigate and analyze the mental health of divers before and after the 84 m heliox dive training.Methods Questionnaire surveys,including self-rating anxiety scale (SAS),self-rating depression scale (SDS) and symptom check list-90 (SCL-90) were conducted among the 30 trainees,15 of whom participated the actual underwater operation and the rest were standbys,both immediately before and after termination of the 84 m heliox dive training,and then analysis were made.Results For the practical diving team,when compared with those before the dive,the standard scores of SAS and SDS,and total scores,total average scores of SCL-90 and the number of positive items all decreased significantly (P < 0.05 ),while for the standby dive team,total scores and total average scores of SCL-90,scores of interpersonal relationship,anxiety and psychogenic factors decreased significantly (P < 0.05 ).Conclusions Negative emotion related to the mental health of the practical divers and uncomfortable feeling experienced by the standby divers all alleviated,when a comparison was made between the data obtained at the end of the 84 m heliox dive training and those obtained before dive.

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