ERIC Number: ED172091
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Aug-29
Reference Count: 0
Women On Ships: Attitudes and Issues.
Durning, Kathleen P.
A survey of 480 Navy women revealed that nearly 90% of the total sample believed that women should be allowed to serve on ships exactly as men do. Also, over 50% of the sample declared themselves ready to go to sea when called, despite the fact that this was not expected of them when they entered the Navy. It can be concluded that Navy enlisted women, and particularly women officers, realize that sea duty is essential if they are to be fully equal and responsible members of the Navy organization. One crucial issue emerging from the survey data is the probable sizeable resistance of the male officer community to the advent of women on ships. Although 80% of incoming Navy enlisted men expressed willingness to work with women on ships, officers' amibivalence could create serious obstructions to the integration of women into crews. Navy management should be aware of this and other potential problems in order to minimize their impact during the initial transition to integrated ships. (Author/BP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Navy Personnel Research and Development Center, San Diego, CA.
Authoring Institution: Department of the Navy, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (Toronto, Ontario, Canada, August, 1978); Not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility