Accession Number : ADP001346

Title :   Utility of the Field Dependence Dimension in Military Settings,

Corporate Author : CANADIAN FORCES PERSONNEL APPLIED RESEARCH UNIT TORONTO (ONTARIO)

Personal Author(s) : Loo,Robert

Report Date : 1981

Pagination or Media Count : 12

Abstract : The field dependence - field independence dimension was defined and its relationships with various personality dimensions, social behaviors, and problem-solving styles were identified. In the military context, the utility of the field dependence construct and of various measures of field dependence were critically reviewed. Empirical studies which used military samples or which examined are as directly related to the military, for example, map reading skills, target detection, and computer skills were examined. Then conceptual and methodological issues surrounding the field dependence construct were discussed. These issues focused on the relationships between field dependence and intelligence, sex differences in field dependence, relationships amoung various measures of field dependence, components underlying performance on field dependence tests, and design problems with much of the research in this area. Finally, a set of guidelines was presented for the future use of the construct and its measures in military settings. These guidelines focused on, among other points, the importance of selecting appropriate measures of the construct, the use of multivariate as well as as univariate designs, and controls for various potential sources of confounds.

Descriptors :   *Intelligence, *Personality, Behavior, Problem solving, Military applications, Measurement, Canada, Symposia

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE