Instruments and Methodology for the Assessment of Physiological Cost of Performance in Stressful Continuous Operations - the Air Traffic Services Tower Environment.
DEFENCE AND CIVIL INST OF ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE DOWNSVIEW (ONTARIO)
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A total of 39 females and males were used as subjects in a study designed to test the general validity and utility of methods and instruments of potential use in the determination of the physiological cost of work performance in stressful environments. A second goal of the study was to attempt a preliminary test of the hypothesis that a form of employment Air Traffic Services traditionally considered stressful, was significantly different from general forms of employment traditionally considered less stressful. To test this hypothesis 23 people employed as air traffic control tower personnel were slated as the experimental group and 16 subjects employed in an operationally oriented research facility served as the Control group. Within the parameters of this research design, consistent statistical significance was established when the entire sample was recategorized on the basis of subjective sleep adequacy assessment rather than by job description. Further research is indicated with well defined physiological categorization measures to obtain more definitive answers concerning job stress and physiological cost and the methodology development necessary to support general research efforts in this field. Author
- Terminal Flight Facilities
- Stress Physiology