Accession Number:

ADA061321

Title:

Pregnancy in the Navy: Impact on Absenteeism, Attrition, and Workgroup Morale.

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. Jun 75-Dec 77,

Corporate Author:

NAVY PERSONNEL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER SAN DIEGO CALIF

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1978-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

61.0

Abstract:

Because of objections to the optional discharge and leave provisions of the Navys present pregnancy policy, a study was conducted to determine the impact of pregnancy on Navy absenteeism, attrition, and workgroup productivity and morale. Data were obtained by analyzing administrative records for and conducting a survey of a previously identified longitudinal sample and by interviewing an aviation squadron sample. Results showed that abolishment of the present discharge option would increase the number of days lost by women, lower womens attrition rates, and increase the impact of pregnancy on workgroup productivity and morale. Further, if mandatory discharge for pregnancy were reinstated, it would decrease female absenteeism, increase female attrition, and increase workgroup turnover. Finally, if the policys leave provisions were changed, it could reduce workgroup efficiency, while not improving morale of male Navy members, since interview results showed that most were not aware of them. It was recommended that the present pregnancy policy be retained in its entirety, that Navy members of all ranks be made aware of the policys leave provisions, and that present findings, which contradict many assumptions held about pregnancys impact on the Navy, be widely disseminated. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Psychology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE