Accession Number : ADA302720

Title :   A Content Analysis of Written Comments to the Senior Leader Equal Opportunity Survey (SLEOS).

Descriptive Note : Final rept. May-Aug 95,

Corporate Author : DEFENSE EQUAL OPPORTUNITY MANAGEMENT INST PATRICK AFB FL

Personal Author(s) : Hochhaus, Larry

PDF Url : ADA302720

Report Date : OCT 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 42

Abstract : A content analysis was conducted on responses to six open-ended questions of the Senior Leader Equal Opportunity Survey (SLEOS) of senior military officer and Senior Executive Service individuals. The questions dealt with perceptions regarding Equal Opportunity practices within the military. A categorization scheme was developed and was shown reliable (r = .67) based on 30 cases coded by two independent judges. Leadership, EO training, and education in general were mentioned frequently as strengths in current EO efforts. EO issues mentioned frequently as areas of concern were promotion opportunities and downsizing, sexual harassment, gender and racial bias, and reverse discrirnination. Factor analyses revealed both areas of overlap and areas of independence between the 38 open-ended responses and the 24 more objective "equal opportunity perception" items of the SLEOS. An additional relationship was observed between the EDUCATION factor and leadership style as indexed by Fiedler's "least preferred coworker" (LPC) index. SLEOS recommendations include consideration of alternatives to the LPC measure and expansion of measures in three areas: (a) expressions of frustration with EO programs, (b) issues of sexual harassment, and (c) the role of leadership in EO effectiveness.

Descriptors :   *LEADERSHIP, *SURVEYS, *FEEDBACK, *OFFICER PERSONNEL, *PERCEPTION(PSYCHOLOGY), MILITARY PERSONNEL, EDUCATION, ATTITUDES(PSYCHOLOGY), RECRUITING, EIGENVALUES, REGRESSION ANALYSIS, CLIMATE, MILITARY TRAINING, EXPANSION, OVERLAP, DISCRIMINATION, COMPUTER AIDED DIAGNOSIS, BIAS, PROMOTION(ADVANCEMENT), FREQUENCY RESPONSE, FACTOR ANALYSIS, ROLES(BEHAVIOR), SEXUAL HARASSMENT, MILITARY DOWNSIZING, EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY, BACKLASH, RACE RELATIONS, HOMOSEXUALITY.

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

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE