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Noise annoyance responses of middle school pupils and teachers
KTH, Superseded Departments, Civil and Architectural Engineering.
KTH, Superseded Departments, Civil and Architectural Engineering.
2004 (English)In: Journal of Environmental Psychology, ISSN 0272-4944, E-ISSN 1522-9610, Vol. 24, no 4, 527-536 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The present survey study had three aims: (1) to compare pupils' and teachers' annoyance responses to classroom noise, (2) to compare females and males responses and (3) to test annoyance models that fitted both pupils and teachers. The study included 207 pupils, aged 13-14 years, and 166 teachers, aged 21-65 years. Both pupils and teachers rated chatter as the most disturbing noise source in the classroom. In line with predictions, the teachers experienced themselves as more sensitive to noise, had poorer hearing status, and reported more intense stress symptoms than the pupils. Contrary to expectations, the teachers were more annoyed and they perceived the noise to be more unpredictable than the pupils did. The control items showed a mixed pattern. There were no overall differences between females and males annoyance responses, but females reported having more stress symptoms than males. A conceptual model was tested with structural equation models, where noise sensitivity mediated the relationship between hearing status and annoyance, which in turn affected stress symptoms. Control and predictability were tested as moderators of the relations between stress symptoms and annoyance. The data fit the conceptual model reasonable well when both samples were included in the same test.

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2004. Vol. 24, no 4, 527-536 p.
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Civil Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-39768DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvp.2004.09.005ISI: 000227784800009ScopusID: 2-s2.0-14644392268OAI: diva2:442715
QC 20110922Available from: 2011-09-22 Created: 2011-09-12 Last updated: 2011-09-22Bibliographically approved

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