Accession Number : ADA328998

Title :   Personality Characteristics of Pre/Post-Strike Air Traffic Control Applicants

Descriptive Note : Final rept

Corporate Author : FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION WASHINGTON DC OFFICE OF AVIATION MEDICINE

Personal Author(s) : Schroeder, David J. ; Dollar, Carolyn S.

PDF Url : ADA328998

Report Date : JUL 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 20

Abstract : The 16 Personality Factors (16PF) test has been routinely administered to personnel applying for Air Traffic Control Specialist (ATCS) positions within the Federal Aviation Administration for more than 3 decades. This study was designed to assess the relationship between personality characteristics of a group of post-strike applicants (1984) with data gathered in the late 1960s to early 1970s (Karson and O'Dell, 1974). Additionally, the comparisons provide a baseline with which to assess characteristics of the new controllers who will start to enter the workforce as the post-strike workforce begins to retire following the year 2000. Outcomes were consistent with previous findings, in revealing that female and male ATCS applicants are brighter than the average individual. When compared with the general population norms, the applicant groups are less anxious, report higher self-discipline, and are more emotionally stable. They are also more self-reliant and assertive. These characteristics appear to be ideally suited for applicants to an occupation that requires quick decision-making and calm, thoughtful responses during emergencies.

Descriptors :   *AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS, *PERSONALITY, JOBS, DECISION MAKING, AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL SYSTEMS, WORK.

Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE