Accession Number:

ADA123179

Title:

West Point Cadets: Their Motive to Achieve,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

MILITARY ACADEMY WEST POINT NY

Report Date:

1979-05-12

Pagination or Media Count:

25.0

Abstract:

This paper reviews the evidence of West Point cadets motive to achieve by analyzing the four subscale dimensions Mastery, Work, Competitiveness, and Personal Unconcern of the Work and Family Orientation Questionnaire developed by Spence and Helmreich. Evidence presented includes a factor analysis of the subscale dimensions, comparison of mean scores of the West Point cadets with other high achievers with high educational and career aspirations, and an analysis of variance of the subscale scores of the WOFO by class freshmen, sophomore, junior, senior and by sex. The data adds some support to the assumption that the motive to achieve is similar for males and females who have similar educational and career aspirations. Also, the analyses suggest that the environment or length of stay has an effect on the subscale scores of Work and Competitiveness. Implications of the findings for developmental activities and for orientations to future research about male and female cadets are discussed. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Sociology and Law
  • Psychology
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE