A Moderator Variable Approach to Predicting Navy Families' Satisfaction with Living Overseas.
NAVAL PERSONNEL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT LAB WASHINGTON D C
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The study utilized 14 predictor variables in a stepwise multiple linear regression model with individual and joint moderator variables to predict overall satisfaction with living at overseas sites. Data from wives of 449 officers and 1,452 enlisted men were employed. Raterank and extent of prior homeporting experience were used as moderators. The variables which emerged from several optimal regression composites as being most predictive of overseas satisfaction were treatment by host country nationals, availability of recreational facilities, congruence between homeporting expectations and reality, and quality of housing. Seven to nine factors optimally predicted satisfaction. The two moderator variables used did not differentially account for predicted criterion variance. Survey questionnaire responses, however, seem capable of being used in a multiple regression framework. Author