Accession Number : AD0688812

Title :   FACTORS IN PREDICTING ARMY AVIATOR PERFORMANCE: BIRTH ORDER AND PARTICIPATION IN DANGEROUS SPORTS AND ACTIVITIES,

Corporate Author : GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIV ALEXANDRIA VA HUMAN RESOURCES RESEARCH OFFICE

Personal Author(s) : Prunkl,Peter R.

Report Date : MAY 1969

Pagination or Media Count : 15

Abstract : From previous research it was hypothesized that firstborns would tend to avoid the potential dangers of Army aviation, but that firstborn-volunteers would not differ from later-born volunteers in terms of previous participation in dangerous sports and activities. Data were used from the Background Activities Inventory of 395 aviation warrant officer trainees, to test for birth-order effect by comparing first- and second-borns from the same-size families. Although there were significantly more first- than second-borns, reasons that the finding may be spurious are discussed. First- and second-born trainees did not differ on measures of exposure to dangerous sports and activities or confidence. Neither pass-fail from flight training nor previous college attendance showed a birth-order effect. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*PILOTS, PERFORMANCE(HUMAN)), TRAINING, RECREATION, MOTIVATION, BACKGROUND, PREDICTIONS

Subject Categories : Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE