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The Relative Influence of Military Rank versus Personality on Perceived Autonomy for United States Air Force Pararescuemen
	Kevin A. Deibler
The Relative Influence of Military Rank versus Personality on Perceived Autonomy for United States Air Force Pararescuemen
                        
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The Relative Influence of Military Rank versus
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Kevin A. Deibler
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COLLEGE OF SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES





This is to certify that the doctoral dissertation by



Kevin Deibler



has been found to be complete and satisfactory in all respects,
and that any and all revisions required by
the review committee have been made.


Review Committee

Dr. Gwynne Dawdy, Committee Chairperson, Psychology Faculty
Dr. Thomas Diamond, Committee Member, Psychology Faculty

Dr. Elisha Galaif, University Reviewer, Psychology Faculty







Chief Academic Officer


Eric Riedel, Ph.D.




Walden University
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Chapter 4: Results

The purpose of this study was to discover if either the personality variable of

dominance/submissiveness or the hierarchical variable of military rank is the prevalent

construct that influences perceived autonomy for United States Air Force pararescuemen.

In this chapter, I provide the results of my study in order to answer the research question

and hypothesis. These results include an initial data screening, descriptive statistics, the

results of the multiple linear regression, the results of the logistic regressions, and a brief

summary of my findings.

Data Screening

Seventy-five cases were included in the original data set. Prior to analysis, data

were transferred into Statistical Pack for the Social Sciences (SPSS) 20.0 for analysis

(SPSS, 2011). Descriptive statistics were run to screen data for accuracy, missing cases,

and outliers or extreme cases. Descriptive statistics and frequency distributions showed

that responses were within the possible range of values. Data were examined for cases

that were missing in non-random patterns. No cases were missing, and all cases were

retained. To assess outliers, I analyzed standardized residuals prior to executing the

multiple linear regression. Using the baseline of two standard deviations from the mean,

three cases were identified as outliers and removed from the dataset (N = 72). At this

point all standardized residuals were within accepted limits (see Table 2). Upon the

removal of these three cases (N = 72), z scores were created within the data set for the

logistic regressions. The z scores were examined to be certain none of the values were

above 3.29 or below -3.29 (Tabachnick & Fidell, 2006). All further values were cross-

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checked with Cook’s distance and leverage values. No further cases were excluded as

none of the remaining cases (N =72) were evaluated as influential points. Therefore, the

remainder of cases were retained and the assumption of the absence of outliers was met.

Table 2

Residual Statistics for Dependent Variable: Work Autonomy Composite

Statistics Min Max M SD n

Predicted Value 31.60 49.80 41.62 4.202 72

Residual -14.679 12.507 .000 7.332 72

Std. Predicted Value -2.385 1.945 .000 1.000 72

Std. Residual -1.974 1.682 .000 .986 72

Note. M = mean; SD = standard deviation.

Upon removing the three outliers (N = 72), internal consistency of each variable

was analyzed in terms of data collected on military rank, relative dominance (as

measured by the Interpersonal Adjective Scales [IAS]), and perceived autonomy (as

measured by the Work Autonomy Scale [WAS]). All reliability coefficients as indicated

by Cronbach’s alpha were above acceptable limits (DeVellis, 1991). Specifically,

military rank indicated very high reliability at .86 (see Table 3). Furthermore, all of the

eight dimensions measured by the IAS were acceptable, ranging from .66 to .89 (see

Table 4). Of particular note is that only one dimension was minimally acceptable at .66,

with the primary dominance/submissiveness dimensions of Assured-Dominant (PA) and

Unassured-Submissive (HI) showing very high reliability at .82 and .85, respectively.

Overall, the circumplex model of the IAS for measuring relative dominance indicated

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Kevin A. Deibler
Curriculum Vitae


ACADEMIC DEGREES

PhD, Organizational Psychology December 2012
Walden University, Minneapolis, Minnesota

MA, Human Relations June 2004
University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma

BS, Computer Science May 2002
Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE


Aide-de-Camp to the Chief of Air Force Reserve November 2012 – Present
Aide-de-Camp to the Commander,
United States Air Force Reserve Command
Headquarters, United States Air Force
Washington, District of Columbia

Deputy Chief, Standardization/Evaluations July 2011 – November 2012
Additional Duty: Unit Diving Officer
United States Air Force Reserve Command
943rd Rescue Group – Tucson, Arizona

Director of Operations June 2010 – July 2011
Additional Duty: Unit Diving Officer
United States Air Force Reserve Command
306th Rescue Squadron – Tucson, Arizona

Officer in Charge, Aircrew Flight Equipment February 2009 – June 2010
Additional Duty: Unit Diving Officer
United States Air Force Reserve Command
306th Rescue Squadron – Tucson, Arizona

Chief, Plans and Programs June 2008 – February 2009
United States Air Forces Southern Command
612th Theater Operations Group – Tucson, Arizona

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Combat Rescue Officer Select June 2006 – June 2008
United States Air Force Reserve Command
306th Rescue Squadron – Tucson, Arizona

Flight Commander, Mission Support Flight May 2005 – June 2006
Headquarters Air Intelligence Agency
690th Intelligence Support Squadron – San Antonio, Texas

Information Assurance and Action Officer for June 2004 – May 2005
National Security Agency Certification and Accreditation
Headquarters Air Intelligence Agency
690th Intelligence Support Squadron – San Antonio, Texas

Systems Control Director for Command, Control, June 2003 – June 2004
Communications, Computers, and Intelligence Systems
United States Pacific Air Force Command
607th Air and Space Communications Squadron – Osan AB, South Korea


DEPLOYED MILITARY EXPERIENCE


Guardian Angel Battle Captain and Team Commander January 2012 – June 2012
Operation Enduring Freedom
46th Expeditionary Rescue Squadron
Bastion Air Field, Afghanistan

Director of Operations June 2011 – October 2011
Operation Unified Protector
48th Expeditionary Rescue Squadron
Kalamata Air Base, Greece

Guardian Angel Team Commander March 2010
Balikatan 2010
306th Rescue Squadron
Clark Air Base, Philippines

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