BODY SIZE, SELF EVALUATION, AND MILITARY EFFECTIVENESS
NAVY MEDICAL NEUROPSYCHIATRIC RESEARCH UNIT SAN DIEGO CA
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In a population on young, healthy Navy men dissatisfaction with height and weight varied directly with deviation from preferred ideal height and weight. Dissatisfaction with intellectual level generally varied inversely with intelligence, although within a wide range of GCT scores no relationship was present. Height appeared to have a pervasive effect upon self evaluations generally. ShortUnderweight and Short-Overweight groups had the most unfavorable self-images. Neither height nor weight seemed to have an effect upon military performance except at the extremes. Very short and overweight individuals tended to be both unhappy with themselves and ineffective in performance.
- Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems