Portland State University. Department of Psychology
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Master of Science (M.S.) in Psychology
1 online resource (48 pages)
This study investigates the efficacy of Kerr's (1957) "Goals-Freedom-Alertness" (GFA) theory of accident causation and Likert’s (1961) theory of dissimilar attitudes between supervisory levels as applied to the U.S. Forest Service. There are two types of ranger districts, those rated high and low on the basis of accident frequency ratios. From each district four subjects from each of two supervisory levels were administered a battery of ten scales. The overall results indicate that neither GFA theory was supported on the district variable, nor Likert's theory on the supervisor variable. The results independent of theory do indicate that the manner in which the district ranger is seen by his immediate subordinates is related to accident frequency.
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Boggs, Richard Everett, "Attitudes Toward Supervision, Job Satisfaction, and Risk-Taking Behavior and the Relationship to Accident Frequency Ratios" (1970). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 607.