A Qualitative Exploration of Choking Under Pressure in Commercial Airline Pilots

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Clarke, P. and Tomaszewska-Collins, W. 2022. A Qualitative Exploration of Choking Under Pressure in Commercial Airline Pilots. Aviation Psychology and Applied Human Factors. 12 (1), pp. 12-20. https://doi.org/10.1027/2192-0923/a000219
AuthorsClarke, P. and Tomaszewska-Collins, W.
Abstract

This study uses a phenomenological approach to explore the experience of choking (underperformance) among commercial pilots. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with eight pilots, including three examiners (as observers of choking). Findings revealed three superordinate themes: choking under pressure, short-term consequences of choking, and long-term consequences of choking. Collectively, choking was found to be a traumatic event with negative short-term consequences and a potential to lead to constructive long-term outcomes.
Practical implications of the findings are discussed, suggesting ways to optimize pilots’ performance through focusing more on psychoeducation and emotional support of employees after choking.

Keywordsaviation psychology; choking; pressure; underperformance
Year2022
JournalAviation Psychology and Applied Human Factors
Journal citation12 (1), pp. 12-20
PublisherHogrefe Publishing Group
ISSN 2192-0931
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1027/2192-0923/a000219
Web address (URL)https://psycnet.apa.org/doiLanding?doi=10.1027%2F2192-0923%2Fa000219
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Deposited08 Jul 2022
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