Navy Quality of Life Survey: Structural Equation Modeling
Final rept. Dec 1994-Jul 1996
NAVY PERSONNEL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER SAN DIEGO CA
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During a period of downsizing and fiscal cutbacks, quality of life QOL and retention may suffer. To assess QOL in the Navy, 17,000 surveys were mailed to enlisted personnel and officers. A total of 7,100 were completed and returned, a response rate of 47 percent. Two models, previously developed and validated, were replicated using structural equation modeling. The first model related life domains, such as work, career development, relationship with partner, and pay, with overall perceptions of QOL in the Navy. The second model related organizational outcomes, such as intention to remain in the Navy, with three globalaggregated perceptual indices conflict between being in the Navy and ones personal life, Navy life compared with civilian life, and the extent to which Navy experiences matched expectations. Computer software was developed for the first model, so that Navy managers could predict the impact of life domain experiences on perceived QOL.
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