Accession Number:

ADA214813

Title:

The Effects of Integrating Women into Previously All Male Air Force Units: A Longitudinal Study of the Air Force Academy's Integration Process

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. Jun 1978-May 1979

Corporate Author:

WASHINGTON STATE UNIV PULLMAN SOCIAL RESEARCH CENTER

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1979-07-02

Pagination or Media Count:

31.0

Abstract:

This project is a continuation of the longitudinal study of sex- integration at the Air Force Academy. Extensive data files from male and female cadets have been developed and data is still being collected. A questionnaire was constructed which asked about problems of sex-integration attitudes toward career, marriage family as well as issues concerning masculine and feminine roles. An article was prepared and published in Youth and Society Dec. 1978. It discussed ambiguities, sex-linked differences and changes in cadet beliefs concerning squadron life, attitudes toward sex roles and interactions during six months of integration. Females did not believe they were accepted and males expressed more traditional orientations toward womens roles which affected their interaction with female cadets. The paper focused on career, marriage and family perceptions, and expectations. Data indicated that males preferred a traditional career, marriage and family, but about half were planning specifically for marriage and children and a limited Air Force Career. Others wanted to wait before marrying and planned on having dual-career marriages with carefully timed children and limited interruption of careers. SDW

Subject Categories:

  • Psychology
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE