ERIC Number: ED327805
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Comparison of Group Climate Scores between Executives from Functional and Dysfunctional Families of Origin.
Clark, Burton A.
A major portion of the National Fire Academy (NFA) executive development curriculum includes group process and team building instruction. This material does not contain any information on the family of origin and its potential impact on the group process and team building capabilities of adults. This study examined whether there was a significant difference in group climate questionnaire scores between fire executives from functional and dysfunctional families of origin. A total of 70 Executive Fire Officer Program graduates participated in the study. Subjects were classified as functional (N=45) or dysfunctional (N=25), based on their scores on the Family of Origin Questionnaire. The mean scores for each of the seven items on the Group Climate Questionnaire were compared between the functional and dysfunctional groups and the overall mean scores were also compared using an unpaired t-test. The results indicated that there were no statistically significant differences in six of the seven mean scores. The "risk taking" item had the only significant difference. The overall mean for the functional group was 4.911 while the dysfunctional group overall mean was 4.566; the difference was statistically significant. These findings suggest that the family of origin experience does influence group dynamics. Developmental activities need to include family of origin instructional methodologies to help groups become more effective. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Dysfunctional Families; Family of Origin; National Fire Academy
Note: Paper presented at the Executive Fire Officer Conference (Fort Worth, TX, October 22-25, 1989).