Accession Number : AD0805299

Title :   PREDICTION OF LOCAL CIVIL DEFENSE DIRECTORS' ROLE PERFORMANCE: MINNESOTA, GEORGIA AND MASSACHUSETTS,

Corporate Author : IOWA STATE UNIV AMES DEPT OF SOCIOLOGY AND ANTHROPOLOGY

Personal Author(s) : Klonglan, Gerald E. ; Beal, George M. ; Bohlen, Joe M. ; Mulford, Charles L.

Report Date : 1966

Pagination or Media Count : 479

Abstract : The civil defense organization (national to regional to state to local) is conceptualized as a social system. The local civil defense director is conceptualized as an important link between the civil defense organization and his local civil defense area (city, town, or county). Social system analysis was selected as the frame of reference for analyzing the role performance of local civil defense directors and the factors which may affect their role performance. Social system concepts are used as the basis for understanding and predicting the role performance of local directors. Nine social system elements: ends (goals), facilities (means), norms, sanctions, status-role, rank, power, belief (knowledge) and sentiments (values and attitudes); and five social system processes: communication, boundary maintenance, systemic linkage, socialization and institutionalization guide the analysis of local civil defense directors' role performances. Fifty-seven sub-concepts (independent variables) were derived from the 14 major social system concepts. The social system theoretical model is tested using data from a study of local civil defense directors in Minnesota, Georgia and Massachusetts. Single and multiple correlations and single and multiple regression analyses are used to evaluate the relationship of each of the 57 independent variables to the dependent variable, role performance. All of the 14 major social system concepts were significantly related to role performance. The two concepts most significantly related to role performance were Sanctions and Institutionalization (systems building).

Descriptors :   (*CIVIL DEFENSE, PERFORMANCE(HUMAN)), (*PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), PREDICTIONS), ATTITUDES(PSYCHOLOGY), LEADERSHIP, OFFICER PERSONNEL, FACTOR ANALYSIS, SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY, SOCIOLOGY, SOCIAL COMMUNICATION, CIVIL DEFENSE, STATISTICAL ANALYSIS, ORGANIZATIONS, GEOGRAPHY, OPTIMIZATION, CORRELATION TECHNIQUES, MINNESOTA, GEORGIA, MASSACHUSETTS, (U)MASSACHUSETTS.

Subject Categories : Psychology
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Civil Defense

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE