A Path Analytic Study of Psychological Success Among Air Force Officers,
NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION WASHINGTON DC
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This study provided a partial test of Halls model of psychological success in work organizations. The model proposes that an individuals feeling of task success psychological success leads to a self-perpetuating cycle of success where the individual is motivated to set goals and perform successfully in hisher work. Previous tests of this model have been conducted in school settings thereby limiting the ability to generalize the results to work settings. The sample consisted of 110 Air Force lieutenants who were employed in a variety of Air Force specializations. Path analytic results showed that the data did not achieve a close fit with the theoretical model. By estimating path coefficients from a model that assumed Halls predictive ordering, but had no ommitted linkages, a model more consistent with the data was developed. The new model depicts satisfaction as an intervening variable between psychological success and motivation instead of between self esteem and job involvement.