Stages of change in hearing-protection behavior, cognition, and hearing status

Oisaeng Hong, Dal Lae Chin, Madeleine J. Kerr, David L. Ronis

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Abstract

Objective: To determine stages of hearing-protection behavioral change and their relationships with cognitions and hearing status. Method: A cross-sectional study of 769 construction workers who completed a survey and audiometric tests. Results: The majority of participants (over 64%) were in the preparation stage. Participants in the action/maintenance stage demonstrated significantly greater benefits, selfefficacy, and interpersonal influence; fewer barriers; and better hearing. This is the first study that shows significantly better health outcome, hearing ability, as the stage progresses. Conclusion: Study demonstrates preliminary validity of the stages of change with hearing-protection behavior. Future hearing-protection intervention should integrate the stages of change to increase effectiveness. Copyright (c) PNG Publications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)811-822
Number of pages12
JournalAmerican journal of health behavior
Volume36
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2012

Keywords

  • Cognitive perceptions
  • Construction workers
  • Hearing ability
  • Hearing protection
  • Stages of change

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