Accession Number : ADP003289

Title :   A Path Analytic Study of Psychological Success Among Air Force Officers,

Corporate Author : NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Conley,S. C.

Report Date : APR 1984

Pagination or Media Count : 5

Abstract : This study provided a partial test of Hall's model of psychological success in work organizations. The model proposes that an individual's feeling of task success (psychological success) leads to a 'self-perpetuating cycle of success' where the individual is motivated to set goals and perform successfully in his/her work. Previous tests of this model have been conducted in school settings thereby limiting the ability to generalize the results to work settings. The sample consisted of 110 Air Force lieutenants who were employed in a variety of Air Force specializations. Path analytic results showed that the data did not achieve a close fit with the theoretical model. By estimating path coefficients from a model that assumed Hall's predictive ordering, but had no ommitted linkages, a model more consistent with the data was developed. The new model depicts satisfaction as an intervening variable between psychological success and motivation instead of between self esteem and job involvement.

Descriptors :   *Military psychology, *Job satisfaction, *Careers, *Leadership, *Officer personnel, *Factor analysis, Performance(Human), Motivation, Perception(Psychology), Attitudes(Psychology), Research management, Management information systems, Symposia

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE