Accession Number : AD0655633

Title :   AIRSICKNESS AND ANXIETY,

Corporate Author : NAVAL AEROSPACE MEDICAL INST PENSACOLA FLA

Personal Author(s) : Tucker,Gary J. ; Reinhardt,Roger F.

Report Date : 12 DEC 1966

Pagination or Media Count : 24

Abstract : The report explores the relation of airsickness experienced early in flight training to anxiety, attrition rates, and the instructor-student interaction. During a two-month period, all students undergoing primary flight instruction (N=141) filled out a detailed questionnaire immediately after their fifth flight. Seventy-two of these students, randomly selected, were studied more intensively, in that: (1) their flight instructor also filled out a questionnaire after the fifth flight, and (2) this group was surveyed again at the completion of primary training. The airsick group differed significantly from the nonairsick in the following subjective areas: (1) more nervousness, (2) more autonomic symptoms, (3) lower motivation, and (4) finding instructors less likable. The airsick group tended to have a higher attrition rate, and still experienced more anxiety at the completion of primary training. The data represent the first large scale correlation of airsickness in early flight training with subjective anxiety, and, as such, present many theoretical and practical implications. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*MOTION SICKNESS, ANXIETY), ATTITUDES(PSYCHOLOGY), AVIATION PERSONNEL, STRESS(PSYCHOLOGY), PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), AVIATION MEDICINE, TRAINING, AUTONOMIC NERVOUS SYSTEM, MOTIVATION, PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGY, ETIOLOGY, INSTRUCTORS, CORRELATION TECHNIQUES, QUESTIONNAIRES, AVIATION MEDICINE

Subject Categories : Psychology
      Stress Physiology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE