Accession Number : AD0805308

Title :   DATA BOOK: LOCAL CIVIL DEFENSE DIRECTORS' ATTITUDES, KNOWLEDGE, AND PERFORMANCE. MINNESOTA, GEORGIA, AND MASSACHUSETTS.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

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 : 340

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). A social systems analysis was selected as an appropriate general frame of reference for studying the question: What are the characteristics (attitudes, opinions, and knowledge) of local civil defense directors. A study of Minnesota, Georgia, and Massachusetts directors provides the empirical data. Data were collected on local directors': (1) understanding of civil defense goals; (2) facilities available to carry out civil defense programs; (3) understanding of the norms of the civil defense organization; (4) understanding of sanctions applicable to local directors; (5) understanding of the director position (status-role); (6) perception of the rank of the local director position; (7) perception of the power (authority) directors have in their position; (8) understanding of relevant technical civil defense information (knowledge); (9) sentiments (attitudes) about civil defense; (10) use of communication channels in understanding their role as a local civil defense director and in informing their publics about civil defense; (11) attempts to develop solidarity and identity in the local civil defense organization (boundary maintenance); (12) attempts at working with groups and individuals in their civil defense area (systemic linkage).

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, MINNESOTA, GEORGIA, MASSACHUSETTS, (U)MASSACHUSETTS.

Subject Categories : Psychology
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Civil Defense

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE