The authors explore two sources of possible error affecting the assessment of symptoms which are part of annoyance reactions, and which they propose to call "symptomatic annoyance" . The respondent's awareness that a survey has to do with noise problems does not seem to affect the answers to a health questionnaire. The wording of specific questions aimed at eliciting symptoms has a marked effect on the answers. Questions which ask whether aircraft noise made the respondent feel tension/headaches/nervousness, etc. elicit a higher proportion of positive answers in high noise than questions that ask in a more neutral manner if the respondent had suffered the same symptoms. The authors put foward that with the use of a misclassification table -- a cross-tabulation of both questions -- reliable symptoms attributed to noise can be identified, thus reducing the amount of error introduced by "noise-worded" questions usually employed in field interviews. The implications of the findings and, in particular, the relationship between annoyance and mental health are discussed.

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  • Authors:
    • Barker, S M
    • Tarnopolsky, A
  • Publication Date: 1978-8-8

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  • Accession Number: 00194693
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 13 1979 12:00AM