A Comparative Examination of Four Different Approaches to the Prediction of Organizational Withdrawal.
ILLINOIS UNIV AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN DEPT OF PSYCHOLOGY
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The effectiveness of the Fishbein and Triandis models, Porters organizational commitment, and the Job Descriptive Index in predicting reenlistment intention and behavior in the National Guard were compared. Surveys were administered to 1169 Guardsmen in 29 National Guard units. During the six months after the survey, 255 respondents made reenlistment decisions. Reenlistment intention was highly related to reenlistment r .70. Both reenlistment criteria were strongly predicted by Fishbeins and Triandis models Rs .70s but moderately predicted by commitment r .47 and job satisfaction R .51. The alternative descriptive version of Fishbeins model fared poorly. Moral obligation to perform the act did not enhance the predictability of Fishbeins model. Fishbeins and Triandis models mediated the effects of exogenous variables on the criteria. Except for components of Fishbeins and Triandis models, influences on behavior were mediated through behavioral intention. Author