Accession Number : ADA112579

Title :   Achievement Motives of Hispanic and Mainstream Navy Recruits.

Descriptive Note : Interim rept.,


Personal Author(s) : Triandis,Harry C ; Ottati,Victor ; Marin,Gerardo

PDF Url : ADA112579

Report Date : Jan 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 16

Abstract : Eighty Hispanic and 80 Mainstream Navy recruits answered a 23-item questionnaire developed by Helmreich and Spence to measure achievement motivation. The factor structure of the items for the Mainstream subjects resembled the factor structure reported by Helmreich and Spence; however, the Hispanic subjects provided data that yielded only two factors that had some resemblance with the Helmreich and Spence factors. The major themes emphasized by the Mainstream subjects were Task Oriented Mastery, Work, Competition, and Avoidance of Interpersonal Competition. The major themes emphasized by the Hispanics were Competitive Skilled Craftmanship, Competitive Work, Positive Attitude toward Work, and Avoidance of Interpersonal Competition. A multivariate Analysis of Variance found seven of the 23 items discriminating between the Mainstream and Hispanic samples. However, examination of the meaning of these items, in view of the factor patterns, suggested that only the Work items have the same meaning for the Mainstream and the Hispanic subjects. The data suggest that the Mainstream sample agrees with the work items; the Hispanics agree slightly more than the Mainstream with these items, thus apparently are slightly higher in achievement motivation than the Mainstream subjects.

Descriptors :   *Recruits, *Naval personnel, *Hispanics, *Motivation, *Jobs, Job satisfaction, Work, Attitudes(Psychology), Skills, Education, Interpersonal relations, Personnel selection, Naval research, Ethnic groups, Data acquisition, Questionnaires, Multivariate analysis

Subject Categories : Humanities and History

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE