The present study systematically assessed the factorstructure, internal consistency, and construct validity of the Aviation SafetyLocus of Control scale (ASLOC) on 476 European pilots (4.6% female). Independentconfirmatory factor analyses showed a strong correlation between the latentfactors of Internal and External LOC, justifying proceeding with a one-factorsolution (assessing internal LOC after reverse-scoring items). This modelachieved adequate fit with excellent internal consistency, after refining withstructural equation modeling. Furthermore, flight hours significantly predictedInternal LOC after controlling for age, suggesting that pilots’ workexperience can enhance internal attributions of control. This has implicationsfor safety-related behaviors and protection against accidents.
Aviation Psychology and Applied Human Factors – American Psychological Association
Published: Jan 1, 2019