Psychology ETDs

Publication Date

Spring 4-8-1953

Abstract

This study attempts to distinguish personality factors which may influence Air Force pilots in their choice of a specific type of aircraft for their primary flying duty.

It is not the purpose of this study to investigate the personality of the versatile pilot, who seems equally adapted in terms of mental attitudes, personality matrix, and flying skill for any and all type of aircraft. Instead, the research is focused on those pilots whose preference and capabilities have channeled them into flying either fighter or non-fighter aircraft.

In the expectation that the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory, with its scope and classification of total personality within the total range, would prove an adequate instrument for the analysis and comparison of those personality traits which determine the individuals' attitude in terms of aircraft preference, this test was selected as the tool for this analysis. The general plan of the analysis was to seek possible significant differences on both the individual scales and the total profile of the MMPI, between those pilots who preferred fighter type aircraft and those who preferred non-fighter type aircraft.

Degree Name

Psychology

Level of Degree

Masters

Department Name

Psychology

First Committee Member (Chair)

M.J. Keston

Second Committee Member

None

Third Committee Member

None

Language

English

Keywords

Military Psychology, Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory

Document Type

Thesis

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