VALIDATING THE TURKISH VERSION OF THE WEINSTEIN NOISE SENSITIVITY SCALE: EFFECTS OF AGE, SEX AND EDUCATION LEVEL.


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Keskin Yildiz M., Kemaloğlu Y. K., Tuaç Y., Mengü G., Karamert R., Gökdoğan Ç.

Turkish journal of medical sciences, vol.50, pp.894-901, 2020 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 50
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.3906/sag-1908-44
  • Journal Name: Turkish journal of medical sciences
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED)
  • Page Numbers: pp.894-901
  • Keywords: Noise annoyance, noise sensitivity, questionnaire survey, Weinstein's noise sensitivity scale, ROAD TRAFFIC NOISE, INDIVIDUAL-DIFFERENCES, COMMUNITY SAMPLE, MENTAL-HEALTH, ANNOYANCE, QUALITY
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

Background/aim:  Subjective  noise  sensitivity  (SNS)  is  not  only  one  of  the  most  important  predictors  of  perceived  noise  annoyance for the subjects exposed to the noise, but also strongly related with some psychological conditions and poor health perception of the subjects. Weinstein’s Noise Sensitivity Scale (WNSS) is widely used for measuring of SNS. Materials and methods:  In this study we adapted WNSS to Turkish (Tr-WNSS) and evaluated its psychometric properties and effect of age, sex and education level on SNS. Results:  The study included 105 males and 105 female subjects between 18 and 55 years of age. Conclusion:  Our  data  demonstrated  that  Tr-WNSS  was  a  reliable,  valid,  and  invariant  scale  for  the  Turkish population,  and  not  affected by sex, age and education level. Key words:  Noise annoyance, noise sensitivity, questionnaire survey, Weinstein’s noise sensitivity scale