Accession Number:

AD0688812

Title:

FACTORS IN PREDICTING ARMY AVIATOR PERFORMANCE: BIRTH ORDER AND PARTICIPATION IN DANGEROUS SPORTS AND ACTIVITIES,

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Corporate Author:

GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIV ALEXANDRIA VA HUMAN RESOURCES RESEARCH OFFICE

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Report Date:

1969-05-01

Pagination or Media Count:

15.0

Abstract:

From previous research it was hypothesized that firstborns would tend to avoid the potential dangers of Army aviation, but that firstborn-volunteers would not differ from later-born volunteers in terms of previous participation in dangerous sports and activities. Data were used from the Background Activities Inventory of 395 aviation warrant officer trainees, to test for birth-order effect by comparing first- and second-borns from the same-size families. Although there were significantly more first- than second-borns, reasons that the finding may be spurious are discussed. First- and second-born trainees did not differ on measures of exposure to dangerous sports and activities or confidence. Neither pass-fail from flight training nor previous college attendance showed a birth-order effect. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Psychology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE