Gender perspectives in psychometrics related to leisure time noise exposure and use of hearing protection.

Abstract

The purpose of the present study was to investigate possible gender differences regarding psychometric scales measuring risk perception in noisy situations, attitudes towards loud music, perceived susceptibility to noise, and individual norms and ideals related to activities where loud music is played. In addition the purpose was to analyze whether these variables are associated with protective behavior such as the use of hearing protection. A questionnaire was administered to a Swedish sample including 543 adolescents aged 16 to 20. The result revealed significant gender differences for all the psychometric scales. In addition, all psychometric measures were associated with hearing protection use in musical settings. Contrary to previous studies, gender did not contribute to any explanation of protective behavior by itself in the analysis. One conclusion is that although gender does not contribute by itself for the explanation of protective behavior, gender may affect psychological variables such as risk perception, attitudes and perceived susceptibility and that these variables may in turn be valuable for decision-making and protective behavior in noisy situations. Although women tend to be more 'careful' psychologically, they nevertheless tend to behave in the same way as men as regards actual noise-related risk taking.

DOI: 10.4103/1463-1741.90299

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@article{Widn2011GenderPI, title={Gender perspectives in psychometrics related to leisure time noise exposure and use of hearing protection.}, author={Stephen Ernst Wid{\'e}n and Margareta Bohlin and Ingemar Johansson}, journal={Noise & health}, year={2011}, volume={13 55}, pages={407-14} }