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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2015, 12(3), 2486-2500; doi:10.3390/ijerph120302486

The Relation between Self-Reported Worry and Annoyance from Air and Road Traffic

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Received: 18 November 2014 / Revised: 10 February 2015 / Accepted: 11 February 2015 / Published: 25 February 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sound and Health related Quality of Life)
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Abstract

Negative perceptions such as fear or worry are known to be an important determinant of annoyance. Annoyance caused by noise and odour has been analysed in relation to worry about safety or health due to environmental hazards, using responses to a health survey. In the survey area high environmental impacts come from air and road traffic. The survey results show a correlation between worry due to the airport or passing aircraft and noise and odour annoyance from aircraft (correlation coefficient (c.c.) close to 0.6). For the relation between worry about a busy street and annoyance from road traffic the correlation is lower (c.c. 0.4–0.5). Worries about different situations, such as living below sea level, close to an airport, busy street or chemical industry, are highly correlated (c.c. 0.5–0.9), also for situations that are not obviously related. Personal factors can also lead to more worry: being female, above 35 years of age, having a high risk for anxiety/depression and being in bad health increase the odds for being worried. The results thus suggest that worry about safety or health is correlated to both personal and environmental factors. View Full-Text
Keywords: noise; odour ; annoyance; worry; anxiety; aircraft noise; road traffic noise; noise survey noise; odour ; annoyance; worry; anxiety; aircraft noise; road traffic noise; noise survey
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van den Berg, F.; Verhagen, C.; Uitenbroek, D. The Relation between Self-Reported Worry and Annoyance from Air and Road Traffic. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2015, 12, 2486-2500.

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