General scales of community reaction to noise (dissatisfaction and perceived affectedness) are more reliable than scales of annoyance

Job, R. F. S., Hatfield, J., Carter, N. L., Peploe, P, Taylor, R.. and Morrell, S. (2001) General scales of community reaction to noise (dissatisfaction and perceived affectedness) are more reliable than scales of annoyance. Journal of The Acoustical Society of America, 110 2: 939-946. doi:10.1121/1.1385178

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Author Job, R. F. S.
Hatfield, J.
Carter, N. L.
Peploe, P
Taylor, R..
Morrell, S.
Title General scales of community reaction to noise (dissatisfaction and perceived affectedness) are more reliable than scales of annoyance
Journal name Journal of The Acoustical Society of America   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0001-4966
1520-8524
Publication date 2001-08-01
Year available 2001
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1121/1.1385178
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 110
Issue 2
Start page 939
End page 946
Total pages 8
Place of publication Melville, NY, United States
Publisher A I P Publishing LLC
Language eng
Subject 1117 Public Health and Health Services
Abstract General measures of reaction to noise, which assess the respondent's perceived affectedness or dissatisfaction, appear to be more valid and internally consistent than more narrow measures, such as specific assessment of noise annoyance. However, the test-retest reliability of general and specific measures has yet to be compared. As a part of the large-scale Sydney Airport Health Study, 97 respondents participated in the same interview twice, several weeks apart. Test-retest reliabilities were found to be significant (p <0.001) for two general questions and three specific annoyance questions. The general measures were significantly more valid for four of the six correlations (with activity disturbance), and more stable than the annoyance scales for five of the six possible test-retest comparisons. Amongst 1015 respondents at Time 1, the questions regarding general reaction were more internally consistent than the questions regarding annoyance. Taken together, these data indicate that general measures of reaction to noise have superior psychometric properties (validity, internal consistency, and stability) compared with measures of specific reactions such as annoyance. (C) 2001 Acoustical Society of America.
Keyword Acoustics
Road Traffic Noise
Aircraft Noise
Transportation Noise
Environmental Noise
Residential Areas
Exposure
Health
Sleep
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