Accession Number : ADA187069

Title :   The Socialization Effect of Sport and the U.S. Air Force Female.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF SYSTEMS AND LOGISTICS

Personal Author(s) : Halloran, Nancy L

PDF Url : ADA187069

Report Date : Sep 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 83

Abstract : This research study addressed the question of whether U.S. Air Force female personnel with extensive histories of team sport participation differ from female personnel with little or no experience in organized sports. The population of interest was U.S. Air Force female personnel stationed in the continental United States. The women in the two groups were compared on both work group behavior characteristics and personality traits. The work group behavior variables of interest were group acceptance, leadership style, goal orientation, loyalty, and degree of competition exhibited within the work group. Similarly, the personality traits investigated were as follows; achievement motivation, self-confidence, adaptability, extroversion, and the integrating and avoiding approaches to conflict resolution. Data used in this study was collected using two different survey instruments. Each of the 28 women studied reported on her perceptions of her behavior in her work group and her personality. In addition, at least two co-workers of each female reported their observations of her on the same variables. No statistical differences were found between the team participants and the non-participants on the variables of interest in this study. However, further comparison of the team participants with their co-workers revealed significant differences between two groups on the variables achievement motivation and goal orientation. Several recommendations are given for further exploration of the research questions put forth in this study.

Descriptors :   *FEMALES, *RECREATION, *AIR FORCE PERSONNEL, ACCEPTABILITY, ADAPTATION, BEHAVIOR, COMPARISON, CONFLICT, GROUP DYNAMICS, HUMAN RELATIONS, LEADERSHIP, MOTIVATION, ORIENTATION(DIRECTION), PERSONALITY, PERSONNEL, POPULATION, RESOLUTION, SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY, TEAMS(PERSONNEL), UNITED STATES, VARIABLES, WOMEN

Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE