Filipinos in the Navy: Service, Interpersonal Relations, and Cultural Adaptation
AMERICAN INSTITUTES FOR RESEARCH WASHINGTON DC
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Filipino and American Naval personnel ranging from recruits to those with 25 years service experience were studied with regard to their perceptions and attitudes on a broad variety of service and non-service related problem areas. The instruments used included a questionnaire focusing on service life and interpersonal relations, and the Associative Group Analysis AGA method, an inferential technique for assessing indepth psychocultural dispositions. The findings indicate that communication and interpersonal relations between Filipinos and their American peers require particular attention and call for special training facilitating adaptation and communication. The findings show considerable similarities as well as areas of important differences in priorities and ways of thinking between American and Filipino servicemen. On the effects of Naval experience, the data obtained on the Filipinos show the rate of cultural adaptation as a function of time.
- Sociology and Law