Accession Number : ADA134189

Title :   Attitudes Toward making a Transfer: A Predictive Model.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : TEXAS A AND M UNIV COLLEGE STATION

Personal Author(s) : Shaw,James B. ; Fisher,Cynthia D. ; Woodman,Richard W.

Report Date : OCT 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 49

Abstract : This report presents the results of a study of U.S. Air Force personnel who had been notified that they would be making a Permanent Change of Station (PCS). Participants were 143 N.C.O.'s (staff sergeant through chief master sergeant) at seven USAF bases in three states. Data were collected concerning their attitude toward the upcoming PCS as well as eight major independent variables that w ere thought to predict PCS attitude. The eight independent variables were: the relative similarity/dissimilarity between their present and future assignments in terms of climate, city size, culture, job duties, and level of job responsibility; the frequency of past transfers; the extent to which the individual saw the new assignment as a career advance; the attractiveness of the new assignment; the attractiveness of the present assignment; the extent to which the individual had adjusted to previous transfers successfully; the amount of notice time given prior to the transfer; and the ratio of preferred assignments to total career PCS's. All data were collected using a survey/interview format. Five of the eight independent variables correlated significantly and in the predicted direction with PCS attitude. Regression analyses using data on the independent variables to predict PCS attitude yielded a multiple correlation of R=.68 (R squared = .46). (Author)

Descriptors :   *Air Force personnel, *Relocation, *Attitudes(Psychology), *Adjustment(Psychology), Mobility, Transfer, Behavior, Social psychology, Demography, Surveys, Organizations, Operational effectiveness

Subject Categories : Sociology and Law
      Psychology
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE