Predictors Related to Premature Attrition of Navy Recruits
NAVAL HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER SAN DIEGO CA
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During 1972, 1643 recruits were discharged from RTC, SAn Diego, for the following psychiatric reasons 35.4 for inaptitude, 4.1 for enuresis, and 60.5 for character and behavior disorders. Comparative analyses between these 1643 recruits non-effectives and a control sample of 1625 effectives were computed for the means of biographical variables, cognitive scores, odds- for effectiveness scores, a personal history questionnaire RTS, and a cluster of 17 items from the RTS. Significant differences were obtained for all of the variables except one. Using a multiple-regression analysis on the validation sample, four variables emerged as significantly related to the criterion R-. 509. When applied to the cross-validation sample, the variables of the RTS cluster, GCT, MECH, and expulsions or suspensions from school resulted in a cross validity of .451. The most powerful predictor was the RTS cluster, which accounted for 23 of the unique variance.
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