Safe and efficient flight operations require the effective intergroup coordination across multiple aerospace specializations. Various factors can impact this coordination including attitudes such as occupational stereotypes. This study reports on the development of a measure to assess ingroupoutgroup bias among aerospace specializations. Students from six aerospace specializations (Administration, Aircraft Maintenance, Air Traffic Control, Flight Dispatch and Scheduling, Professional Pilot, and Technology) at a southern university completed a questionnaire designed to assess stereotypes using adjectives to describe the members of ingroups and outgroups. Results indicate that students who had identified themselves as pilots or dispatchers exhibited ingroupoutgroup bias but in different ways. Implications of the findings for educating and training students in aerospace specializations are provided.
Moffett, R. G.,
Hein, M. B.,
& Littlepage, G. L.
(2011). Using a Measure of Occupational Stereotype to Assess Ingroup-Outgroup Bias Among Aerospace Specializations. 16th International Symposium on Aviation Psychology, 592-596.