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Measuring Motivation And Job Satisfaction In A Military Context

W. C. Borman, P. R. Bleda
Published 1978 · Psychology

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Abstract : This investigation examined motivation, work-related satisfaction, and morale among enlisted persons in the Army. A review of relevant literature helped to delineate definition of these constructs and to identify instruments to be administered in the field. A variety of civilian-oriented questionnaires and inventories was field tested, using 466 soldiers (representing 104 platoons and 16 companies) in one sample and 614 soldiers (representing 47 platoons and 16 companies) in a separate sample. Analysis of the results showed six distinctly separate motivation/satisfaction constructs with acceptable convergent and discriminant validities. Composite measures of these six constructs correlated moderately with self-reports of plans to reenlist and pride in the Army but near zero with self-reported problem behavior. Advantages of such multimethod composite measures are discussed.
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